Sundance Review: Tense Tyrel Is 2018’s Answer to Get Out

What if you set a kettle to boil, but it refused to whistle? That’s just one way to describe Tyrel, the latest exercise in tension from director Sebastián Silva. This is a fast and lean film, an absolute workout for its outstanding cast and a devilish roller coaster ride for audiences. It’s funny, disturbing, cringeworthy, nerve-wracking and, for some, will feel a little too realistic.

I’ve spent a bit of time way the hell upstate with bros who like to drink and light fires. While I may have found these excursions a little annoying, I rarely found them to be unsafe. That’s not the case for nice guy chef Tyler, played to perfection by Jason Mitchell, who—on the day Donald Trump is inaugurated—is not unaware that he’s the only black person on his weekend getaway.
Tyler has joined his buddy John (Christopher Abbott) for a quick trip—a birthday hang for John’s buddy Max (Caleb Landry Jones). A different buddy who restores houses, played by Nico Arze, has room for them all to crash. Eventually eight dudes will get there, and the booze will not stop flowing. There’s a dog, but no cell service. A record player but, unfortunately, not much more than R.E.M. After a joint, everyone starts singing “stand in the place where you live.”
Max thinks for sure he’s met Tyler before, but the implication is that he’s actually acquainted with another of John’s black friends. Another dude (I forget which; it’s a sea of bros) accidentally calls Tyler “Tyrel.”
“It’s okay, these guys are assholes,” John assures Tyler, and Tyler laughs it off, just as he’ll laugh at a dopey, charades-like game where players try out different accents, and one of them is “black.” Tyrel’s unease subsides a bit when Alan, another pal played by Michael Cera arrives, mainly because Alan is such a cut-up. The pair quickly bond; during a stunt in which Alan swims in freezing water after a few Irish coffees, Tyler pointedly refers to him as “my nigga” in front of the others.
As the day turns to another night of binge-drinking, Tyler (and we) aren’t sure if this group of friends are just having a good time, or truly are dangerous assholes. John seems to be looking out for our protagonist—but as the drunkenness and paranoia builds, one becomes keenly aware that everything is about to combust at any moment, especially if one has already seen Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
While I would never in a million years want to spend actual time with these people, watching them on screen is remarkable. These directionless scenes (bros jumping around like frogs in the snow, or ranting about the Pope) are uncanny in their realism, proving that a movie that’s just a string of scenes can still work if each of those scenes crackles with its own internal drama. It’s the folly of so many independent filmmakers to just get a bunch of people in a place and to start shooting—but few have the goods like Silva does. Being an outsider within a rowdy group is something we can all identify with, and Mitchell’s endearing performance makes the racial element relatable for those who have never had his particular experience. It’s quite a feat, and further proof at just how strong an actor he is.
I’ll dance around what happens in the final third of the movie—I’ll just let you know that it involves Reg E. Cathey running scales on a baritone sax—but there are multiple ways to read this film. If you want, it’s just a thriller. Or maybe an acting exercise. Or perhaps it is a giant allegory for the American experience during the rise of Trump. (Our current president makes an appearance, in piñata form.) My guess is that it’s a little bit of everything—but what I found most surprising is that despite the darkness exposed in entitled bros at the height of madness, in Tyrel, there’s still some humanity and some hope.

Romantic Valentine Day Quotes and Sayings for Her

Love for your beloved is beyond to any love. But, doing love and knowing them, Is it enough?
I think your answer should be no. So in this Valentine’s Day, express your intense love to your girlfriend, wife or someone whom you want to say something. Tell them, how much you love them and cares for them and how much they are special and important to you in every way.
I heard many times among couples that their love is fade away and changed now. They are not talking to each other as they earlier do and many things. Well, it can happen when the time passes but it doesn’t mean that your love is decreased and lost in some way. We all are so much busy in our ever day duties and responsibilities and we oftenly get time for our love and relationships.
So, Valentine week is perfect for couples to regain their old times when they fell in love. Just remember the old times, the moments you well spent with her/him, the ups and downs of life when you move together by holding each others hand and by supporting each other emotionally and mentally. Those were the golden moments, Let’s live that moment again, Let’s do a new beginning in this Valentine’s Day, Let’s move together once again, Let’s cuddle and pamper each other when you do at first time. Let’s do all the things again …. Let’s fell in Love once again !!

The Valentine’s Day is celebrated with the wine or champagne and with a candlelight dinner which is gaining more popularity in the Asian countries like India as well. Mostly or the youngsters it is the day of frolic and fun at the campus. Buying the expensive Valentine’s Day gifts may not be possible for everyone hence they save up the money and make their loved ones happy by taking them to their favorite spot. The Valentine’s Day is not only for the lovers but also for everyone who is cherished in the relationship like mother, daughter bond, friendship, love for father and another significant relationship celebrates the valentine’s day as a special day for expressing their love and affection to their dear ones.
Best Valentine's Day Wishes

Collection of Valentines Day Wishes are as follows

Valentine’s Day Wishes 2018 :
“You have bewitched me, body and soul.” –Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice
“Your lips are like wine, and I want to get drunk.” –William Shakespeare
“i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)” –E.E. Cummings
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” –Audrey Hepburn
“Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen.” –Sir Elton John
“I belong with you and you belong with me—you’re my sweetheart.” –The Lumineers
“Maybe I think you’re cute and funny. Maybe I wanna do what bunnies do with you, if you know what I mean.” –Ingrid Michaelson
“You are a work of art.” –Morrissey
“You, just like heaven.” –The Cure
Love me tender; love me sweet. Never let me go.” –Elvis
“I love you more than I could ever promise because you take me the way I am.” –Ingrid Michaelson
“I never knew that I could love someone the way that I love you.” –Ben Rector
“Your love is better than chocolate. Better than anything else that I’ve tried.” –Sarah McLachlan
“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” –Pride and Prejudice
“Home is wherever I’m with you.” –Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“There are not enough days in forever to allow me to fully express the depth of my love for you.” –Steve Maraboli
“Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!” –Moulin Rouge

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The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
“True love stories never have endings.”
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
“A friend is someone who knows all about you, and still loves you.”
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”

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Don’t search luv, let luv find u. It’s called falling in luv, coz u don’t force urself to fall, u just fall and there will be someone to catch U
Luv doesn’t ask who r u? Luv only says u r mine. Luv doesn’t ask where r u from? Luv only says U live in my heart. Luv doesn’t ask what do u do? Luv only says U make my heart beat. Luv doesn’t ask why r u far away? Luv only says u r always with me. Luv doesn’t ask Do u love me? Luv only says I LUV U.
I tried to tell you how I feel
I tried to tell you but I’m weak
Words don’t come easily
When you get close I shiver
I watch you when you smile
I watch you when you cry
And I still don’t understand
I can’t find a way to tell you
Heart Can Skip Beats 4 a While
Memories can be kept in a file
A desert can replace the Nile .. But…
Nothing can stop a smile…
when ur name appears on my mobile.
It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word, you can light up the dark
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me whenever I fall
You say it best..when you say nothing at all
Somewhere, some1 dreams of your smile & finds your presence in life so worthwhile. So when your lonely, remember its true that some1, somewhere, is thinking of u.
Sometimes words are hard to find, to form that perfect line to let you know you’re always on my mind!
Roses of red grow in my heart and they will never wither… ‘Cause they bloom every time I see your smile, hear your voice or just think of you!
It’s not too late..
It’s not too late for love
Why do I text you? It’s my choice. It’s my way of saying I remember you. Why do I remember you? It’s my choice. It proves that I care. Why do I care? I don’t know, it’s not my choice but my heart’s.
I just close my eyes because I might see your face. I just close my mouth because I might hear your voice. I just close my ears because I might hear of you, but I could not close my heart because I love you.
Once Upon a Time, Something Happened To me, It was the Sweetest Thing, that ever could be. It was a Fantasy. A Dream Come True. It was the Day I Met You. I LOVE U.
Boy: Would You Mind Sharing Your Address With Me
Girl: Why
Boy: Because That Is Where I would take my marriage vows one day
When I hear You
My Heart Soars High
When I See You
I know the Reason Why
So Let Me Hold Your Hand & Make You Mine
For That Would Intoxicate Me Like Sweet Wine

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Valentine Day Wishes for Girfriend

May this Valentine’s Day
be filled with love understanding and contentment
as you journey through life with those you hold dear.
wish you a very happy valentines day!!!

Romantic Valentine Day SMS for Her

Valentines Day is a day of love
No 1 gives me more love than you
you brighten up my Each day
you deserve my undying love.
Will you Be my valentine????
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Happy Valentine Day Message For Girlfriend

Friendship is the most beautiful word ever invented.
One may even lose love at some point of time in life,
but a true friend will be by your side forever.
Happy Valentines day.

New Year 2016 Valentine Day SMS

Happy valentine’s day wishes
To My Sweet (Husband/Wife’s name/girlfriend):
Thank you for the memories of
yesterday, for the happiness of today,
and the promise of all tomorrows!
~~Happy Valentine’s Day~~

How to Impress Girlfriend on Valentine's Day 

A day without you in my life should never come and even if it does, let that be the last day of my life.
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Valentines Day is a day of Love
No 1 gives me more Love than u
U brighten up my Each day
U deserve my undying Love.
Will U Be my valentine?

Valentine Day Gift for Girlfriend

A special smile a special face,
A special someone i cant replace,
I love you & i always will.
You have filled a space no one can fill.
Happy Valentines !!!!


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How to Impress Her on Valentines Day

You are the violin of life that plays a beautiful song, which talks of happiness now and forever. Happy Valentine’s Day love!

Valentine Day Love SMS for Her

It’s so good knowing I can count on you
for words of kindness or concern,
and whenever I need it
you offer your support and encouragement …
My Valentine’s Wish
Just for You
My Friend.

15 cars you can drive for 15 years

From a personal finance point of view, buying a car and driving it for as long as you can is the most economical thing to do. Some extreme buy-and-hold motorists now keep their cars running for 15 years or more.

"While a decade on the road used to be a significant milestone for vehicle life expectancy, the elevated quality of cars being produced has raised this standard," said Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com. His research firm is out with a study showing which vehicles' original owners are most likely to keep them for 15 years or more. The study looked at 650,000 cars sold in 2017 that were 2002 or earlier models.
The top vehicle is the Toyota Highlander SUV, which had 18.3 percent of cars sold in 2017 that were 15 years or older -- 2.7 times the average vehicle's 6.8 percent. The list is dominated by Japanese models, with Toyotas, Hondas, Subarus and Nissans. The one non-Japanese model that made the top 15 is the Volkswagen Golf.
"Japanese automakers are known for setting quality and reliability standards, so it is no surprise that they are most likely to reach the 15-year milestone," said Ly.
When the comparison was made for brands instead of individual models, one American name, GMC, made it into the top 10. It was in the decade after 2000 that U.S. cars really caught up to imports in quality. So it could be that a future study would show more Detroit-based brands on this list.

Toyota dominated with nine of the top 15 models. Those nine included Toyota's most popular models such as the Camry sedan and RAV4 compact SUV. Also on that list is the gas-electric hybrid Prius. "Despite consumers' concerns about battery durability and the associated high replacement cots, its appearance on the list shows that the reliability of the Prius measures up to Toyota's conventional fuel counterparts," said Ly.
Honda has two entries on the 15-year list: the Odyssey minivan and the CR-V compact SUV. As for the only non-Japanese entry, the study points out that the Volkswagen Golf is highly practical as a compact car with unusually commodious cargo space.
Here's the full list:
RankModel% Original Owners Keeping Car for 15+ YearsCompared to Average
1Toyota Highlander18.3%2.7x
2Toyota Sienna17.1%2.5x
3Toyota Tundra15.7%2.3x
4Toyota Prius15.0%2.2x
5Toyota RAV414.3%2.1x
6Honda Odyssey12.8%1.9x
7Toyota Sequoia12.8%1.9x
8Toyota Tacoma12.4%1.8x
9Honda CR-V11.9%1.7x
10Toyota Avalon11.7%1.7x
11Acura MDX11.6%1.7x
12Toyota Camry11.5%1.7x
13Subaru Forester11.5%1.7x
14Nissan Frontier11.0%1.6x
15Volkswagen Golf10.6%1.6x
Average for All Cars6.8%-
(Table courtesy of iSeeCars.com)

James Harrison: Patriots are like the army

James Harrison has played on three NFL teams with vastly different cultures. The Cincinnati Bengals seem to operate under the law of the jungle. Anything goes there apparently. The Pittsburgh Steelers function in a something of a middle ground, as they enforce discipline without being overbearing about it. And now, Harrison plays for the New England Patriots.


So how does he describe the culture of his new team? He appeared on NFL Network with Deion Sanders to explain the difference between the Patriots and everybody else in the league.
Harrison's response highlights the remarkable discipline with which the Patriots approach every single day. They work hard at all times and prepare for even the tiniest details of a football game.
"It’s not like anything is taken for granted. Every day is fundamentals. It’s repetitive…repetitive. It’s like being in the Army. You do it so much it’s like second nature and you can do it in your sleep.”
The Patriots have been compared to military institutions before, and they certainly drill like one, but Harrison is a unique case in that he also played for one of the NFL's winningest organizations. He has apparently seen the culture of a winning organization at the highest level because he played for the Steelers and won a Super Bowl.
But even after being there for most of his career, he is still awed by the approach to the game that Bill Belichick has instilled in the Patriots. There's a reason they are playing in their eighth Super Bowl under him. He brings something to the table that no other team has ever been able to match.

ABC Studios Boss on the Pace of 'Scandal,' Advice for Anne Sweeney and Why He Sent Paul Feig a Tie (Q&A)

A campaign poster catches your eye as you enter Patrick Moran's corner office on the Disney lot in Burbank. The ABC Studios chief is not stumping for a real-life politician but rather for Tony Goldwyn's fictional President Fitzgerald Grant of scandal cast, the crown jewel of both his studio and the sister broadcast network on which it airs.

The Beltway soap from Shonda Rhimes is precisely the kind of character-driven buzz generator with which Moran, 42, is looking to populate his portfolio as he rounds out his fourth year at the Disney-owned studio. His other goal since making the leap from 20th Century Fox Television, where he spent seven years working on such shows as Glee, Bones and Prison Break: to broaden ABC Studios' reach by selling series to networks outside of ABC, something the previous regime didn't prioritize. Though series orders won't come until May, the Richmond, Va., native has projects in development at each of the Big Four networks.

The affable University of Virginia grad, who spent a year at a New York art gallery before getting his big break at New Line Television in the mid-1990s, was elevated to executive vp in July, reporting to ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee. In that capacity, he oversees more than 70 employees and shows ranging from 10th-season hospital drama Grey's Anatomy to freshman breakout Resurrection. (Other recent attempts, including Lucky 7 and Killer Women, haven't fared as well.) He's been making a push into cable, too, with a lower-budget boutique division, ABC Signature, that soon will roll out the courtroom comedy Benched on USA.

Moran, who with his partner, Mistresses writer Jordan Budde, spends his spare time collecting art and renovating homes, sat down in mid-March to field questions about a challenging season at ABC, the surprise imminent departure of Disney/ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney and the showrunner who got away.

PHOTOS: Disney's Anne Sweeney Exit, Her Greatest Hits How has the explosion of TV outlets impacted the way you make deals?

It's fiercely competitive and yet we have to manage our productions because the ratings don't support a show at a particular [price point]. You have to be very thoughtful about what goes where, and our business affairs people are very vocal reminders of that. ( Laughs.) The other thing is, not every deal needs to be the old-fashioned overall, not every deal needs to [incorporate] your series services and your development. We've made more development‑only deals if that's what a writer wants to pursue. We try to customize a lot more, which allows for more flexibility.

What's the biggest difference between the 20th TV culture and the Disney one?

The perception when I came in was that we were completely landlocked to the network. That had been part of the culture in years past, but it felt obvious to me that that wasn't the best way to recruit talent. It also made the studio voice in the conversation slightly diminished. 20th was already doing it so successfully. I'll say you are aware being at ABC that you're part of the Disney Co. and how big it is, too. We do these management retreats every year, and it's a great reminder that the breadth of this company is remarkable. You didn't really feel that way at News Corp.

What's been the best and worst day on this job?

I remember reading the Scandal pilot and calling Shonda and saying, "You've written this so confidently, it feels like it's already on the air." And that's always the most exciting thing when you read a great script or you see a great cut. The worst? This was a challenging year because we launched so many shows, and I had some favorites in there that I thought would have gotten more traction than they did. Looking at the overnights the morning after can sometimes be a tough thing: "Oh really? That's what we have to show for it?"

What's the best pitch you've sat through?

One of my favorite pitches this year that's still in development at ABC was DINKS, with June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. It's based on their experiences as double-income [couples] with no kids, and so they had this really funny personal anecdotal stuff like the sort of things that people who have no kids spend their money on. And they actually asked a few questions of me. My partner and I, who don't have kids, had inexplicably had our dogs' portraits done, which is so embarrassing to think about now. It actually worked its way into the pitch.

STORY: ABC Sets Summer Schedule, Will Bow Five Scripted Dramas What's the biggest mistake people make when they're pitching you?

Too much detail. There's no hard and fast rule to how someone pitches, but less is more.

What's the wildest thing you've done to land an actor or showrunner?

We're not afraid to send gifts to writers who we're pursuing. This might have been the corniest thing we did: We sent Paul Feig a tie. We sent a poor assistant back to the store three times to buy a tie that was worthy of sending to Paul Feig. He hasn't made a deal yet.

What genres have you not tapped in to that you'd really like to going forward?

I still have an appetite for genre, though we've tried a couple things in the past that haven't stuck. I was very proud of [2011 horror drama] The River. We only made eight episodes, and it was so clearly not on the right network. It may have worked on Fox, and we had a conversation with Netflix about it. It was on after the Dancing With the Stars results show, too, which was not a match. We're doing a pilot called The Whispers [formerly The Visitors] that has a touch of genre to it; maybe that'll ... connect with an ABC audience. It's been tricky for us.

How will you approach overall deals going forward?

They're a critical piece of our business and we definitely want to continue to make deals, and make them aggressively and be very targeted. We have a great drama roster here, and we've spent a lot of energy building a comedy roster. A lot of energy. But it's fiercely competitive because everybody's looking for the next comedy hit.

The broadcast comedy genre has failed to produce new hits. What's happening?

It's funny. We went into this year with so many big splashy shows, Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Hayes' [ Sean Saves the World on NBC]. That alchemy between a great script, cast and director is just really tricky. And then the other thing is the programming of it, and flow is tough. How many shows has ABC tried to launch off the back of Modern Family?

With Anne Sweeney departing, what do you hope your new boss' boss is willing to commit to you?

I work in a company that's very driven by the ABC network and a number of cable networks, so we're a little bit of an anomaly. So long as my new boss' boss has an eye to the studio business, I'll be [happy]. There are more and more places to make shows, and if we can figure out a way to make deals at all of these networks, there's enormous potential to grow.

THR COVER: Top Exec Anne Sweeney to Exit to Become TV Director What's the best advice you can give Anne about being a TV director?

Shadow the best person that you can find. It's such a specific pursuit that I feel like the more on‑the‑job training that you can have, the better your chances are of success.

What's the note you give most often?

"Don't be so tame." Writers come in and there's an expectation because it's on a particular network, it should conform to a certain set of expectations. So I frequently say, "Don't be afraid to push the envelope, and let us pull you back." It happened with our Shondaland pilot, where the writer Pete Nowalk came in with a character and we kept pushing him, "Don't be afraid to make your character bolder, louder and unlikeable." For so long the note you'd get from the networks was, "Your character's not likeable enough," but we're not saying that.

What kind of notes do you give to Shonda Rhimes?

I do not give notes to Shonda. ( Laughs.)

Scandal, your breakout success, blows through a tremendous amount of story in every episode. Do you ever have concerns about the pace of the storylines?

But that is sort of the hallmark of the show, right? It does accelerate through a lot of story, but it's also what people like about the show.

STORY: 'Scandal's' Dan Bucatinsky Boards NBC's Casey Wilson Comedy 'Marry Me' What's the project or talent that got away?

We had a long history with Damon Lindelof. [Seeing him] go to Warner Brothers stung.

What was your biggest series disappointment this past season?

I really had hoped that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland would work. It was designed to be what they call "gap programming," to go in between the regular season, and it probably would have fared better as that.

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD was your most ambitious push this season. How does it compare to internal expectations?

I think they've taken a creative turn in the show. We started out doing kind of this very mission-oriented show and it's become way more character‑driven, and I think that is better for it.

If you weren't in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing?

Working on my houses. We move every two years, and [we start looking for the next place] as soon as we move in. Every home is very different. We're renovating a Tudor in Hancock Park now. For me, it's just a nice break. No one's asking me about notes on a script or a budget or a director assignment or anything.

Why online collectibles company ShelfLife put its Dragons' Den deal on hold

Each week, Financial Post contributor Mary Teresa Bitti revisits CBC's previous week's episode of Dragons' Den. She captures what the cameras didn't and in the process provides a case study for readers, zeroing in on what pitchers and dragons were thinking and what the challenges for the deal are going forward.

The pitch Co-workers, friends and now business partners, James Chillcott and Nick Hoffman entered the Den to pitch their brainchild: ShelfLife, a subscription-based website they describe as the future of collecting. ShelfLife draws from eBay, Facebook and Wikipedia and is a one-stop hub where collectors can research, shop, sell and manage their collections, as well as interact with their peers.
In many ways, creating ShelfLife was a natural progression in their careers. "We've both been in the web design/development industry more than 10 years and have a wealth of experience. And we are both power collectors. Nick collects Magic: the Gathering a trading card game by Hasbro and I collect vintage action figures, designer toys and skateboards," Mr. Chillcott says.
"With the success of social commerce sites based on people creating yarn puppets in their basements we felt it could certainly be done for the biggest brands on the planet, which also happen to be brands beloved by collectors, the Transformers, Nikes, and Maple Leafs of the world."
The pair designed ShelfLife from the ground up to fill what they saw as a gap in the market for social commerce, starting in the spring of 2012. That summer they were part of the inaugural cohort of the JOLT accelerator program at the MaRS innovation centre in Toronto and in the fall launched a beta version of the site.
"As with many Google products, it will likely remain in open beta until we believe we have fulfilled our vision," Mr. Chillcott says. "That will likely take another year because the site is so massive and has so much functionality and we are constantly adding new features to enhance the user experience."
Besides managing and researching their collections on the site, collectors can add wants and haves into permanent catalogs of every collectible ever made, and then match buyers and sellers.
"This is a huge advantage over a site like eBay that relies on a shifting pool of incomplete data, which means users are constantly searching for the same thing over and over," Mr. Chillcott says.
ShelfLife also provides a suite of social commerce tools that let collectors build the site out similar to Wikipedia editors. These tools are largely about connecting the collectors and keeping them engaged.
The revenue streams are straightforward and include a 6% commission on vendor and user sales and an affiliate commission of 15% on average to drive business to other ecommerce sites such as Deal Now. Based on the platform's predictability capability, it is also able to sell select, in-demand products direct.
When the co-founders faced the dragons, it was still early days. They were still building out their catalog, which featured about 140,000 items being perused by about 5,000 users, and had earned about $10,000 in commissions.
The deal Mr. Chillcott and Mr. Hoffman asked for $100,000 in exchange for a 25% equity stake, valuing the company at $400,000. The money would be used to ramp up the more complex programming tasks such as creating international shipping calculators to predict shipping costs for any product in the database and for community development - locating, attracting and bringing new collectors on board.
On air, they accepted a deal from Bruce Croxon and Arlene Dickinson that gave them what they asked for. "During due diligence, we decided to table the deal because we realized we hadn't hit the plateau we wanted to hit in terms of user numbers," Mr. Chillcott says. "We elected to use viral marketing techniques to help get us there without further funds. That's when we'll revisit the deal."
Mr. Chillcott estimates they will need hundreds of thousands of users to achieve that. Meantime, they have increased the number of users by a factor of eight and revenue by a factor of 1,000. They've kept in touch with the dragons and are hoping to close the deal this spring.
They are also working on apps to bridge the gap between online and offline collecting that will allow collectors to scan the barcode on a product and add it to their collection.
"We are also working on an app that will allow collectors and vendors to connect on conference floors of huge conventions such as Comic-Con. So a user could be walking down an aisle and the app will tell them the GI Joe figure they were looking for is 20 steps away and on the left for a $1 less than they said they wanted to pay," Mr. Chillcott adds.
A dragon's point of view The idea fits nicely with Mr. Croxon's focus on digital. "They presented well and have a unique niche but it is just another version of doing what eBay and other sites do. The debate is how different is what ShelfLife does to what others do and how big is the market for people who will appreciate that difference? That's what is going to be the deciding factor in making a business or not. So far the traction has not been there. I'm not saying that won't change, but it is not an investable proposition for me today.
"Their challenge now is to market the heck out of it and show investors like me that they are able to attract and retain customers at an acceptable cost per acquisition."
A expert opinion At this point in its evolution, John Cho of KPMG Enterprise sees more downside than upside. "There are a lot of items of low value, which means you have to push through high volumes to get a decent return in absolute dollars," he says, adding that he shares Mr. Croxon's concern about relevance and scalability.
"Will they get enough of a profile in the collector community to drive traffic, particularly since they are competing with eBay and other big players for that traffic? As well, have they modelled out logistics and shipping costs?" he asks.

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An intriguing new video claiming to show off the casing of the upcoming iPhone 6 is the hot rumor making rounds on tech sites today. The video, from ConceptsPhone, is the second iPhone 6 leak, following a video posted earlier this month by C Technology.

The most recent alleged leak shows off the future iPhone's front, while the previous video gave an early look at the chassis' back. As with all leaks at this stage, it's sketchy and very difficult to tell whether or not it holds any actual value. The anonymous leaker claims that the video was shot at "the Apple Factory," but unfortunately there are no other objects in the video to gauge the size of the parts, making it impossible to know if this is for one the larger-display iPhone 6 models that The Wall Street Journal reports will become available later this year.

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Considering the nature of the leak, it comes as no surprise, especially considering the uploader's channel name is "ConceptsPhone," that some believe this just a trick to get eyeballs for a new iPhone 6 concept.

UPDATE: MacRumors' Eric Slivka recently tweeted that he believes the alleged iPhone 6 chassis is actually an iPhone 4S part:

"Video of "iPhone 6 chassis" starting to make the rounds. It's an iPhone 4s part,"- Eric Slivka @WildCowboy.

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A new investors note from Cowen and Company managing director Timothy Arcuri claims that supply chain sources said that the upcoming iPhone 6 is 'locked in' at 4.8 inches and the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

The upcoming next-gen iPhone will feature "hardware and design tweaks" along with some exciting software changes that will integrate iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook "as part of a push into new services with mobile payments," Arcuri claims. He believes that the iPhone 5S was a "set-up" for the iPhone 6, along with the new iOS version it will launch.

As for the smartphone's 'locked-in' 4.8-inch screen, the question remains whether Apple will step up the phone's pixel per inch resolution or opt for for the same 1136-by-640 proportion featured in its predecessors, giving it a slightly smaller ppi. It certainly seems more likely that Apple would increase the ppi density, rather than take a step back with their new model, Forbes reports.

The iPhone 6's upgraded Wi-Fi capabilities would match it up to the upgraded 2013 Mac desktop. The 5S only supports the 802.11n standard.

Arcuri also claimed that Apple will release a 13-inch iPad in 2014, rumored to be dubbed the "Pro," that will "blur the lines between tablets and PCs."

Apple may be readying two 6 models for 2014, but according to a new report, consumers expect the smartphones to debut together.

reports that Apple will launch the 6 this summer, with the model releasing sometime during the fall. chinese free new year cards designs analyst Sun claims that trial production of the variant could start as soon as next month. Should everything go as planned, mass production would then kick off in May, suggesting an announcement at the conference in June.

also states that the 6 will feature the same pixel screen resolution as its predecessor, 1136×640 , while the higher resolution displays will be reserved for the model.

Could users finally get NFC this May?

A recent Apple patent filing suggests the upcoming 6 could finally include the feature, which has debuted on many Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices in the past year. The smartphone payment integration patent is one of two that Apple filed for, according to Geek.

The new patent focuses on mobile payments, where NFC would be used through Passbook, which already allows users to store cards and tickets digitally.

The inclusion of NFC would appear more likely if the next is indeed dubbed the 6, as it would feature an updated hardware design that could support the NFC chip, Geek reports.

The next-generation Apple flagship has been largely rumored to be first bout with the '' competition, but by offering two models, it would appear the Cupertino-based tech giant is still offering a bit of variety for consumers who may not want a phone with a large display size.

According to DisplaySearch's research, the model will come with resolution, and LCD display technology, while the model will launch with resolution at 401 and the same display technology.

Apple will release the 6, in May and a large tablet, the Max, in October, according to a new report by .

The report cites "sources from the upstream supply chain," which told the website that China Mobile deal has made it apparent that the Cupertino-based company needs to unveil a -sized smartphone to compete with in the Asian market. The release of the 6 would also help make the more "affordable and attractive" to the Chinese market, where it has been a disappointment for its higher-than-expected price, Forbes reports.

adds that the Max will release in the fall "targeting North educational market [and]... manufactured by Quanta Computer." The tablet would arrive as a competitor to 's rumored 12 to tablet and feature new cases with integrated keyboards and batteries, according to the report. The Max will be best-suited for high school and college students that require a tablet that can 'do work,' Forbes reports.

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