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AMC Theatres offering $20 movie subscription plan to rival MoviePass

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

AMC Theatres Announce MoviePass Competitor

AMC Theatres has announced it will offer a movie subscription service that will compete with MoviePass.

Variety reported that the service will allow guests to see up to three movies a week for $19.95 a month through AMC’s loyalty program. Called AMC Stubs A-List, the price point is higher than MoviePass’s $9.99 plan. On the MoviePass service, customers can see one movie a day.

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"We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers: the very best of AMC, including IMAX, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D up to 3 times per week, for one simple, sustainable price," AMC Theatres CEO and president Adam Aron said in a statement, likely referring to MoviePass.

AMC Stubs A-List subscribers can also see all three movies in one day, see the same film more than once and get tickets in advance. MoviePass subscribers must be within a certain range of the theater to book tickets to 2D movies and cannot buy tickets for the same film. However, they can see a movie anywhere Mastercard is accepted. The company provides the service through a MoviePass-enabled Mastercard.

Related: MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

"AMC Stubs A-List is being taken to market at more than double the price of that charged by some of our competitors," Aron said in a conference call with investors, according to The Associated Press. "A good deal to consumers to be sure, but being done at a sustainable price point where we can be very confident that we will be profitable across the membership base and in turn, that we can share that increased profitability with our studio and premium format partners." 

"Other discounters, by contrast, will continue to be hemorrhaging cash."

The latter comment is likely another dig at MoviePass, which was the subject of an April Business Insider report. In the report, an independent auditor for the company’s owner expressed doubt that MoviePass could stay in business.

CNN reported that, according to AMC, MoviePass will still be accepted at all its locations. 

MoviePass responded to the news in a couple of tweets, saying, "Heard AMC Theaters jumped on board the movie subscription train. Twice the price for 1/4 the theater network and 60% fewer movies. Thanks for making us look good AMC!

"AMC has repeatedly disparaged our model as a way to discourage our growth because all along they wanted to launch their own, more expensive plan. We want to make movies more accessible, they want more profit."

AMC’s AMC Stubs A-List program starts June 26.

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Rapper Offset posts bail, reunites with wife Cardi B after arrest for weapon, drug charges

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:06 PM

Offset posted bail after he was arrested on two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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Offset posted bail after he was arrested on two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)(Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Migos rapper Offset came home Saturday after he was arrested on suspicion of drug and weapon charges Friday.

WSB reported the 25-year-old and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were traveling in Jonesboro, Georgia, when police pulled over Offset for an improper lane change.

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, was driving a 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera.

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According to WSB, Clayton County police said officers searched the vehicle and found less than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $107,000 in cash.

Offset was charged with improper lane change; possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Related: Rapper Offset, of trio Migos, arrested in metro Atlanta on weapon, drug charges

Offset and his Migos group mates, Quavo and Takeoff, were arrested on drug and gun charges in 2015 during a show at Georgia Southern University. While Quavo and Takeoff were able to post bail after two nights in jail, Offset remained in jail for eight months because of past burglary and theft convictions

Gezahgn was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Quavo confirmed Offset was home on Twitter.

People reported that Offset’s wife, rapper Cardi B, posted a quick glimpse of the rapper at home with her and their newborn daughter on her Instagram story. She also cleared up details of Offset’s arrest, saying, “For the record Offset is NOT ON PROBATION.”

Offset’s lawyer, Drew Findling, told People the rapper’s top priority is his family. He also said his client was not guilty of any crime. 

“He did not commit any traffic offense and he certainly was not in possession of any weapons,” Findling told People. “This was an improper arrest and I believe in his innocence.

“He’s up as best he can considering the circumstances and knows he has not broken any laws. He is going to have his day in court.”

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Golden Lamb restaurant to add outdoor dining area

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:01 PM


            This a rendering of a change proposed to the side of the historic Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon. A veranda, interior alterations and an exterior addition are proposed to the non-original 1964 portion of the Black Horse Inn part of the in downtown Lebanon.
This a rendering of a change proposed to the side of the historic Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon. A veranda, interior alterations and an exterior addition are proposed to the non-original 1964 portion of the Black Horse Inn part of the in downtown Lebanon.

Expansion plans by the owners of the Golden Lamb Inn are only the latest for the iconic hotel, restaurant and bar’s more than two centuries of existence.

Last week, the Lebanon Planning Commission approved a plan expected to cost more than $1 million and add a veranda for outdoor dining and interior improvements on the non-original, south side of the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places for architectural and cultural reasons.

“The Golden Lamb is the oldest Inn in the State of Ohio,” according to materials filed with the application for the changes.

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RELATED: Golden Lamb renovating dining rooms, kitchen and corridors

The building at 27 S. Broadway has been visited by luminaries of American history ranging from Charles Dickens to Annie Oakley and about a dozen presidents.

On Sept. 19, 1968, Ronald Reagan, at the time California’s governor, campaigned for Congressman Donald E. “Buz” Lukens who had supported Reagan at the Republican Party’s Presidential Convention that summer.

“We want to invest in the Golden Lamb to keep it viable for years to come,” General Manager Bill Kilimnik said last week, sitting in one of the historic dining rooms in the original brick structure built around 1815.

“There’s a fine line between historic and shabby,” he added.

The Golden Lamb was originally built in 1803 by Jonas Seaman and operated as a “house of public entertainment,” according to its history. The name came from a sign decorated with a golden lamb.

Since then, there have been numerous alterations, leading to the veranda and expansion approved last week.

“Project would include removal of the 1964 exterior steps and modification to the 1964 facade to accommodate a new brick-clad entry vestibule providing access to the first floor and basement and an elevated veranda for outdoor dining,” according to staff comments prepared for the planning commission.

“This work will continue the evolution of the building in a historically sensitive way and enhance the connection to the adjacent park and streetscape,” Kilimnik said in the application required because the building sits in the city’s historic district.

The expansion would replace the entrance to the gift shop and Black Horse Tavern, where the bar will be expanded from two to eight beer taps and make room for a Cruvinet wine storage system, Kilimnik said.

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Liquor wasn’t always on the menu of what was a “temperance hotel” called the Bradley House when Dickens visited in 1842.

“We dine soon after with the boarders in the house, and have nothing to drink but tea and coffee. As they are both very bad, and the water is worse, I ask for brandy; but it is a temperance hotel, and spirits were not to be had for love or money,” Dickens wrote in his American Notes for General Circulation travelogue.

RELATED: From “house of entertainment’ to Golden Lamb Inn

At last week’s meeting, several planning commissioners agreed the expansion would look better than the current south side view, including the tavern entrance.

Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer urged Kilimnik to pursue with city staff the development of a path through the small gazebo park sharing the northwest corner of Broadway and Main Street with the Golden Lamb.

Across Broadway is the historic city hall, across Main Street a Carnegie library.

“I am so excited for this project to be happening,” Brewer said during the planning commission meeting. “Awesome.”

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Part of the building’s significance is based on the FederalStyle architecture associated with the early years of the United States, particularly from 1785 and to 1815.

“These buildings represent a period time in history,” said Patrick Hansford, a local architect specializing in historic preservation, after reviewing the plan. “These buildings continue to have good life.”

After reviewing the plans, Loren Gannon, a retired state historic preservation officer, welcomed the expansion.

“You want it be kept viable. You can do that and still have a nice design,” he said.

History buffs and other tourists rent the 17 rooms on floors above the entrance, main dining room and tavern.

The expansion is one piece of an overall plan dating back about 10 years, Kilimnik said.

RELATED: Golden Lamb remains open during remodeling

“We’ve always had a desire to add some outdoor seating,” Kilimnik said.

The Grant room has already been updated with modern luxuries. The Dickens dining room is currently being redone with a Victorian library theme.

Kilimnik estimated four to five new jobs would be created to manage the new space able to serve about 60 outside. If all goes well, he hoped to hold a grand opening in May.

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Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports.

Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday.

“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted.

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Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving treatment at a facility near Los Angeles.

Williams has been open about her struggles with depression, revealing her story in an interview on “The Talk” last year.

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Williams recently reunited with Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April.

It was the first time the group has performed together in several years.

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Happy 5th birthday, Prince George! Kate Middleton, Prince William share sweet photo of oldest son

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:40 AM

In this photo taken on Monday, July 9, 2018, Britain's Prince George poses for a picture following the christening of his brother Prince Louis, at Clarence House in London. Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have released a photo of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday on Sunday, July 22. (Matt Porteous via AP)
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In this photo taken on Monday, July 9, 2018, Britain's Prince George poses for a picture following the christening of his brother Prince Louis, at Clarence House in London. Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have released a photo of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday on Sunday, July 22. (Matt Porteous via AP)(Matt Porteous/AP)

Someone looks very happy to be turning 5.

Kensington Palace shared an adorable photo of a smiling Prince George, the oldest child of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday, one day before the pint-sized royal's birthday.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you everyone for your lovely messages," the palace tweeted along with the photo, taken by Matt Porteous.

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The tweet quickly racked up 57,000 likes and 6,500 shares in 10 hours.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Louis christened

Take a look at his previous birthday portraits below:

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third...

Posted by The Royal Family on Friday, July 22, 2016

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