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Dolly Gallagher Levi of Yonkers, New York, has a gift for matchmaking and Carolee Carmello, of New York City, has quite a gift for musical theater. Stepping on the Academy of Music stage as the lovable-yet, meddling Dolly Levi is as thrilling for the actress, who has received much acclaim for her stage work, as […]

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Dolly Gallagher Levi of Yonkers, New York, has a gift for matchmaking and Carolee Carmello, of New York City, has quite a gift for musical theater.

Stepping on the Academy of Music stage as the lovable-yet, meddling Dolly Levi is as thrilling for the actress, who has received much acclaim for her stage work, as it is for the audience and something you do not want to miss.

A true labor of love, Carmello has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals and is a three-time Tony Award-nominee for her performances in the musicals ParadeLestat and Scandalous.

The four-time Tony Award-winning production of Hello Dolly!, including best musical revival, will allow us to take a golden trip down memory lane at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music from Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, March 1.

Hello, Dolly! is a classic Broadway show brought back to Philadelphia audiences with the help of a fantastically-successful revival team and we are thrilled to be able to present this for two weeks,” said Ed Cambron, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “With a matchmaking leading lady named ‘Dolly Levi’ who, over the years has been portrayed by Broadway’s biggest names, this piece features elaborate costuming & comedic mastery.”

Carmello recently completed a year-long run as Mrs. Lovett in the critically acclaimed Sweeney Todd at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre.

Her additional Broadway roles include Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting; Mrs. du Maurier in Finding Neverland (Drama Desk Award nomination); Mother Superior in Sister Act; Alice Beineke in The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Donna in Mamma Mia!; Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown; Kate in Kiss Me, Kate; Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel; Abigail Adams in 1776; Cordelia in Falsettos; and Oolie in City of Angels.

She has numerous off-Broadway credits, including Hello Again for which she won an Obie Award. Her television credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Good Fight, Madam Secretary, Smash, and Law & Order: SVU.

After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this production of Hello, Dolly! is touring around the United States, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion. Hello Dolly! is hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings of a show in musical theater history.

[Carolee Carmello portrays matchmaker Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello Dolly!]

This is such a lovely and impressive show with the stunning costumes and stellar choreography, so I’d love to know what stands out the most to you?

It’s such a joyful evening in the theater. At this time in our country, a lot of people just want and need something smart and entertaining and it’s an opportunity to give people a few hours to laugh and not think about everything going on in the world. Since the show is so filled with joy it is a pleasure for people to come and take this lovely journey with us.

When and where did you join the current national tour?

I joined the tour in Kansas City this past fall along with 16 others in the cast. We have been to St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Hartford, Detroit, Austin, and Fort Worth, to name just a few locales. Betty Buckley started a year before that. Today, I am lucky enough to be in Naples, Florida, where it is a perfect temperature of 70 degrees.

What about Philadelphia excites you?

I was born in upstate New York, so I haven’t spent that much time in Philadelphia, but I love how entrenched in history Philadelphia is. The city has a special spirit, and the people are so passionate. I can’t wait to see the sites again. Since it is close to my current home of New York City, I know that my family and many friends will come and visit and I am looking forward to sharing this show with them.

Did you see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly on Broadway or other versions of the show?

No, I did not see Bette Midler nor Bernadette Peters in the role. I am all for watching everybody else’s interpretation. I watched Betty Buckley a few times. I have watched a lot of clips of the show online and it’s fun to see things that work and don’t work. All of it informs you and whatever comes out of me will be unique. If someone has figured out the exact right way to land a joke I don’t see why not to use it. So, it is helpful to have a starting place.

Do you have friends on the tour?

Yes, I do. A friend on the tour did Falsettos with me, is our wonderful conductor. It is a great company. I love all of them. People I work with are so smart, entertaining and fun to be around –they all have that special sparkle. One big example is John Bolton, who plays Horace; he and I have such a great time; he is wonderful in the role.

Life on the road is…

It’s fun and something I haven’t done in many years. I have two grown children and my last tour was 27 years ago before my daughter was born. It’s different now. There are a lot more apps and computers to get around. We feel more like a family unit when you are traveling together then when you do in New York because in the city most people go home after the show to their spouses and children.

[Carolee Carmello as Dolly and John Bolton as Horace Vandergelder get cozy in Hello Dolly!]

Is your family coming to Philadelphia to see the show?

Yes, my son is in college in Pittsburgh and he is coming to see it and my daughter is driving down with her roommates. So I get to see my kids and they will get to get to see the show.

Do you think either of your children will follow in your footsteps?

Sort of. My daughter is out of college and working for a movie director and my son is studying film and media and is leaning toward the production end of the business, but neither is pursuing the acting path. Their dad is also an actor and they know it’s a hard life so I wouldn’t want to have the ups and downs. I’ve enjoyed my time for sure and I have been very lucky to work steadily. Who knows what would have happened if I went down a business path maybe I would have a corner office at a tech company

Who told you that you could be a Broadway actress?

I never planned on it. I was never a kid who dreamed of being on Broadway all my life. I went to college for business administration. Somewhere along the line during college, I did some shows for fun in my dorm and I was in a musical in the cafeteria. Then at the end of my senior year in college, I auditioned for a professional theater job in Lake George, New York. And the producer offered me a job but told me I would have to join the actor’s union, and that put me on my path. He also explained that joining the union would prevent me from doing community theater.

Then what happened?

It made me turn a corner and put me in a circle of professional actors, musicians, and directors. It was my first producer and the first professional musical group of theater people. I moved to New York City and I am still based there nearly 40 years later.

What is it like to be nominated for a Tony Award?

I was thrilled every time it happened. But each time that I was nominated, the show I was nominated for had already closed so I never had that experience of the show that is still running. But it is still thrilling to be in that company, and hear your name called and walking the red carpet. It is nice to be acknowledged.

You spent a little time on one of my favorite shows, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. What was it like to be there?

I only worked on the show for one day, but it was exciting! I remember being blown away by the warehouse full of 1950s clothes that they had assembled to use for costuming. And the sets were stunning and so beautifully built!

If you have never seen this show why is it a good time to see it?

It is such a beautiful revival. It is a classic show and extremely funny. People who have never seen the show are surprised how funny and relevant it is. It doesn’t feel creaky, old-fashioned or out of date. It is a really first-class production.

What if you saw it on Broadway recently or many years ago?

I think it’s fascinating to see a show with the same lines and songs and see how it looks and feels like a completely different animal. I hope that John and I as the leads bring a lot of warmth and chemistry. So, probably a lot of people who have seen it are ready to come back and enjoy the party again.

Would you like to perform on TV and movies?

As a musical theater person, it’s hard to break into that world. I had the good luck to do a show on AMC called Remember W.E.N.N. Written by Rupert Holmes who wrote the mystery of Edwin Drood, it was a period show and kind of a precursor to Mad Men. The longest time I spent doing a TV show. Perhaps when I am back from the tour I will pursue other opportunities.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at www.kimmelcenter.org.

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Rare Palindrome Occurs On February 2, 2020 That Hasn’t Occurred In Over 900 Years https://popculturepress.org/2020/02/rare-palindrome-occurs-on-february-2-2020-that-hasnt-occurred-in-over-900-years/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 18:12:08 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=373

In the year 2020, the date of February 2nd is shaping up to be very unique for a variety of reasons. Not only is it Groundhog Day, as well as, Super Bowl Sunday, but it just so happens to be the date of a very rare palindrome that hasn’t occurred in over 900 years.  Palindrome […]

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In the year 2020, the date of February 2nd is shaping up to be very unique for a variety of reasons. Not only is it Groundhog Day, as well as, Super Bowl Sunday, but it just so happens to be the date of a very rare palindrome that hasn’t occurred in over 900 years. 

Palindrome dates in themselves are very common, however, 02/02/2020 has the unique distinction of reading the same backward and forward when written out in eight digits in multiple date systems. Many experts claim we are incredibly blessed to experience this type of palindrome in our lifetimes because of its extreme rarity. 

It is a completely international palindrome as well since it works all over the world. It works whether you write the date as “Month/Day/Year” or “Day/Month/Year”. Many palindrome dates are only symmetrical if you write the date with seven digits (1-10-2011) or in some cases even fewer (9-10-19).

There will not be another palindrome like this one for another 101 years, as the next time this will occur will be on March 3, 3030. The last time this type of palindrome has occurred was 11/11/1111 which was more than 900 years ago. 

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What You Will Find on Disney+ in February 2020 https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/what-you-will-find-on-disney-in-february-2020/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:15:45 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=356

Gather the kiddos this February for a variety of options on Disney+ Saturday, February 1 Around The World In 80 Days Big Business The Sandlot Wicked Tuna (Season 1-2) Sunday, February 2 Descendants 3 Wednesday, February 5 Toy Story 4 Friday, February 7 Diary of a Future President: Episode 104 – “The National Mall” Disney […]

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Gather the kiddos this February for a variety of options on Disney+

Saturday, February 1
Around The World In 80 Days
Big Business
The Sandlot
Wicked Tuna (Season 1-2)

Sunday, February 2
Descendants 3

Wednesday, February 5
Toy Story 4

Friday, February 7
Diary of a Future President: Episode 104 – “The National Mall”
Disney Family Sundays: Episode 114 – “Toy Story: Toy Bins”
Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 114 – “Dynamic Danielle”
One Day At Disney: Episode 110 – “Grace Lee: Storybook Artist”
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Sunday, February 9
Old Dogs

Friday, February 14
My Dog, The Thief
Splash
Because of Winn-Dixie
Diary of a Future President: Episode 105 – “Whistleblower”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 201 – “Marching Down the Aisle”
Disney Family Sundays: Episode 115 – “Princess and the Frog: Lily Pads”
Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 115 – “Roving Robbie”
One Day At Disney: Episode 111 – “Kristina Dewberry: Imagineering Construction Manager”

Sunday, February 16
Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

Thursday, February 20
Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri
Marvel Rising: Playing with Fire

Friday, February 21
Diary of a Future President: Episode 106 – “Habeas Corpus”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 202 – “Alaska to Marry Me”
Disney Family Sundays: Episode 116 – “Aristocats: Headbands”
Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 116 – “Genesis The Amazing Animal Ally”
One Day At Disney: Episode 112 – “Vince Caro: Pixar Recording Engineer”
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode 701- “The Bad Batch”

Tuesday, February 25
Star Wars Resistance (Season 2)

Friday, February 28
I Captured the King of Leprechauns
Imagination Moves (Season 1-3)
Marvel’s Future Avengers (Season 1)
Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars
Diary of a Future President: Episode 107 – “Foreign Relations”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 203 – “A Flashy Proposal”
Disney Family Sundays: Episode 117 – “Lion King: Paint Pour Artwork”
Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 117 – “Superior Salvador”

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February 2020 New Releases on Amazon Prime https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/february-2020-new-releases-on-amazon-prime/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:50:41 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=360

Check out what you can find on Amazon Prime this month.  February 1 American Idiots (2013) Black Spurs (1965) The Cutting Edge (1992) The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006) Daybreakers (2009) A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Gang Related (1997) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967) The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard […]

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Check out what you can find on Amazon Prime this month. 

February 1
American Idiots (2013)
Black Spurs (1965)
The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006)
Daybreakers (2009)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Gang Related (1997)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967)
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Harsh Times (2006)
The Haunting (1999)
He Said, She Said (1991)
Hoodlum (1997)
Intersection (1994)
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Manhattan (1979)
Manhunter (1986)
Mermaids (1990)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Red Dawn (1984)
Rollerball (2002)
Rollerball (1975)
Running Scared (1986)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Sabrina (1995)
Slow Burn (2000)
Swimming with Sharks (1995)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
The Thaw (2009)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (1999)
The Warriors (1979)

February 2
Abesntia (Prime Original)

February 4
My Dead Boyfriend (2016)

February 6
Danica (2017)

February 7
The Expanse (Season 2)

February 8
Mother’s Day

February 9
GRAND PRIX Driver (Prime Original, Season 1)

February 10
Breathe (2017)
No Stone Unturned (2017)

February 11
Run the Tide (2016)
Good Time

February 13
Stinky & Dirty Valentine’s Day Special (Prime Original)
The Ballad of Lefty Brown

February 14
National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call (2008)
Star Trek

February 16
Mozart in the Jungle (Prime Original, Season 4)
Logan Lucky
Human Flow (Amazon Original Movie)

February 18
Pocket Listing (2015)
Thanks for Sharing (2013)

February 23
Thunderbirds are Go! (Prime Original, Season 4)
The Tick (Prime Original)

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See What’s Coming to Hulu in February 2020 https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/see-whats-coming-to-hulu-in-february-2020/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 23:40:58 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=350

Looking for a little romance this February? Look no further than Hulu.  February 1 300 (2007) 28 Days Later (2003) Adam (2019) All About E (2005) Bridget Jones Diary (2001) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) Bridget Jone’s Baby (2016) Buffalo 66 (1998) Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983) […]

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Looking for a little romance this February? Look no further than Hulu. 

February 1
300 (2007)
28 Days Later (2003)
Adam (2019)
All About E (2005)
Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Bridget Jone’s Baby (2016)
Buffalo 66 (1998)
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983)
Cherry Pop (2017)
Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
For Colored Girls (2010)
The Fugitive (1993)
Getting Go: The Doc Project (2013)
Ghost (1990)
The Girl King (2015)
Hitch (2005)
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015)
Hot Guys with Guns (2013)
John Q (2002)
Judgement Day (1999)
The Last Stand (2013)
The Last Warrior (2000)
Liz in September (2014)
Lord of War (2005)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
Margarita with a Straw (2014)
Ms. Purple (2019)
Menace II Society (1993)
Mimic (1997)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)
National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Naz and Maalik (2015)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Precious (2009)
Robin Hood (1991)
Say Anything (1989)
Southie (1999)
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Those People (2015)
Touched with Fire (2016)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Where We Go From Here (2019)

February 2
A Madea Family Funeral (2019)

February 3
The Masked Singer: Season 3 Premiere (FOX)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

February 5
Warrior (2011)

February 6
Lego Masters: Series Premiere (FOX)
Angel of Mine (2019)
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)
Disaster Movie (2008)
Wrinkles the Clown (2019)

February 7
Into The Dark: My Valentine: Episode Premiere (Hulu Original)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
Indebted: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)

February 9
Alive (2019)

February 10
The Oscars: Special (ABC)

February 12
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Complete Season 9 (Bravo)
For Life: Series Premiere (ABC)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

February 13
Mister America (2019)

February 14
High Fidelity: Complete Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)
The Other Guy: Complete Season 2 (eOne)
Utopia Falls: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
From Hell (2001)
Racetime (2019)
Radioflash (2019)
Villains (2019)

February 15
28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
American Ultra (2015)
Anchor and Hope (2017)
Monogamy (2010)
Princess Cyd (2017)

February 17
American Idol: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
Duncanville: Series Premiere (FOX)
Good Girls: Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)

February 18
Super 8 (2011)

February 19
Getaway (2013)

February 22
The Prince (2014)

February 25
The Voice: Season 18 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
Run the Race (2019)

February 28
After the Wedding (2019)

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Netflix New Releases for February 2020 https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/netflix-new-releases-for-february-2020/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:00:11 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=347

Netflix has a range of great flicks including popular rom-coms like Fools Rush In, Sexy and the City 2, and Dear John. Feb. 1 A Bad Moms Christmas A Little Princess Back to the Future Part III Blade Runner: The Final Cut Center Stage Cookie’s Fortune Dear John The Dirty Dozen Dirty Harry Driving Miss […]

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Netflix has a range of great flicks including popular rom-coms like Fools Rush In, Sexy and the City 2, and Dear John.

Feb. 1
A Bad Moms Christmas
A Little Princess
Back to the Future Part III
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Center Stage
Cookie’s Fortune
Dear John
The Dirty Dozen
Dirty Harry
Driving Miss Daisy
Elizabeth
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Fools Rush In
Hancock
Love Jacked
The Notebook
The Other Guys
The Pianist
Police Academy
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
Purple Rain
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Scary Movie 2
Sex and the City 2

Feb. 3
Sordo (Netflix Film)
Team Kaylie: Part 3 (Netflix Family)

Feb. 4
Faith, Hope & Love
She Did That
Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great! (Netflix Original Comedy)

Feb. 5
Black Hollywood: “They’ve Gotta Have Us”
#cats_the_mewvie
The Pharmacist (Netflix Documentary)
Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

Feb. 6
Cagaster of an Insect Cage (Netflix Anime)

Feb. 7
The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
Horse Girl (Netflix Film)
Locke & Key (Netflix Original Series)
My Holo Love (Netflix Original Series)
Who Killed Malcolm X?

Feb. 8
The Coldest Game (Netflix Film)

Feb. 9
Better Call Saul: Season 4
Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama (Netflix Family)
Polaroid

Feb. 11
Good Time
Camino a Romaq Ball (Netflix Documentary)

Feb. 12
Anna Karenina
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix Film)

Feb. 13
Dragon Quest Your Story (Netflix Anime)
Love Is Blind (Netflix Original Series)
Narcos: Mexico: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

Feb. 14
Cable Girls: Final Season (Netflix Original Series)
Isi & Ossi (Netflix Film)
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Netflix Family)

Feb. 15
Starship Troopers

Feb. 17
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix Family)

Feb. 19
Chef Show: Volume 3 (Netflix Original Series)

Feb. 20
Spectros (Netflix Original Series)

Feb. 21
A Haunted House
Babies (Netflix Documentary)
Gentefied (Netflix Original Series)
Glitch Techs (Netflix Family)
Puerta 7 (Netflix Original Series)
System Crasher (Netflix Film)

Feb. 22
Girl on the Third Floor

Feb. 23
Full Count

Feb. 25
Every Time I Die

Feb. 26
I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix Original Series)

Feb. 27
Altered Carbon: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Followers (Netflix Original Series)
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back-Evolution (Netflix Family)

Feb. 28
All the Bright Places (Netflix Film)
Babylon Berlin: Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)
Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Jeopardy!: Celebrate Alex Collection
Jeopardy!: Cindy Stowell Collection
Jeopardy!: Seth Wilson Collection
La trinchera infinita (Netflix Film)
Queen Sono (Netflix Original Series)
Restaurants on the Edge (Netflix Original Series)
Unstoppable (Netflix Original Series)

Feb. 29
Jerry Maguire

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How to Remove a Bad or Fake Review from Yelp https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/how-to-remove-a-bad-or-fake-review-from-yelp/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:00:28 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=320

According an Online Reviews Survey by ReviewTrackers, approximately 45% of consumers say they are likely to check reviews on Yelp before visiting a business, which is only second to Google’s 64%. Even more important, a one-star decrease in a restaurant’s overall Yelp rating could lead to a 5% loss in revenue. Maintain your business Yelp […]

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According an Online Reviews Survey by ReviewTrackers, approximately 45% of consumers say they are likely to check reviews on Yelp before visiting a business, which is only second to Google’s 64%. Even more important, a one-star decrease in a restaurant’s overall Yelp rating could lead to a 5% loss in revenue.

Maintain your business Yelp page by closely monitoring the reviews you receive online. If you find a review to be defamatory or fraudulent take these steps:

  1. Review Yelp’s Content Guidelines to determine if the review violates their rules.
  2. Locate the review in the Reviews section of your Yelp page.
  3. Find the “More Options” button (the three dots) and click “Report Review”.
  4. Check the status of your report by hovering your cursor over the flag icon that appears next to the review.
  5. Once reviewed by a Yelp moderator, you will receive an email notification regarding the decision.

Please note, Yelp doesn’t typically take sides in factual disputes and generally allow Yelpers to stand behind their reviews.

How to respond to real negative business reviews 

  1. Respond quickly

A study by Convince & Convert found that only 24.6% expect a business to respond to their online review within three days. What’s really surprising, only 21% expect a response within 24 hours, and just 6.1% of those surveyed expect a business to respond within seven days.

This means that if you make it a priority to respond faster that it sets your business apart and shows your dedication to both taking feedback seriously and resolving issues in a timely manner.

  1. Address the complaint and apologize

According to research from Qualtrics, 89% of consumers read businesses’ responses to reviews. That means leaving your bad review unanswered could leave your reviewer to be even more triggered to harm your businesses reputation, but also shows future customers that they are not of value.

  1. State that you can’t find their record as a customer

If true, this information is critical to utilize in your response back to the complaint. It gives an underlying acknowledgement to the rest of your potential customers reading that the review could be from someone who has in fact never been a customer. It also shows that you are doing your due diligence to look into the matter closely.

  1. Provide a reasonable solution

Responding back to the negative review could potentially lead to the customer changing their review to a positive one. If you respond quickly and diligently with a solution, you might see your one-star change to a four-star. Remember, when people complain, they just want to be heard and treated nicely. A little honey goes a long way. Here is how they can edit their review:

How your customer can edit their negative review

  1. Go to the Reviews section of their account.
  2. Click “Edit review” (the pencil icon) below the review they would like to edit.
  3. Edit the review text.
  4. Click “Post” to save their edited review.

 

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How to Remove a Bad or Fake Review from a Google Business Page https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/how-to-remove-a-bad-or-fake-review-from-a-google-business-page/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:00:10 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=327

Over sixty percent of customers will check Google reviews before visiting a business – more than any other online review site. Therefore, managing your brand reputation on this platform is critical for new business. While it would be nice to believe that everything on the internet is true, there is the possibility for your Google […]

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Over sixty percent of customers will check Google reviews before visiting a business – more than any other online review site. Therefore, managing your brand reputation on this platform is critical for new business.

While it would be nice to believe that everything on the internet is true, there is the possibility for your Google Business page to receive negative, fake, or even defaming content that could put your business at risk. Safeguard your business by taking these steps:

  1. First, check Google’s policy.

Remember, you cannot flag a review just because you disagree with it or don’t like it. Google doesn’t get involved when merchants and customers disagree about facts, since there’s no reliable way to discern who’s right about a particular customer experience. 

  1. Open your Google Business Page and find the review that you believe to be fraudulent.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, then click “Flag as inappropriate” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Google will assess your request, and if necessary, remove the review from your listing. Be patient. It can take several days for a review to be assessed.

How to respond to real negative business reviews 

  1. Respond quickly

A study by Convince & Convert found that only 24.6% expect a business to respond to their online review within three days. What’s really surprising, only 21% expect a response within 24 hours, and just 6.1% of those surveyed expect a business to respond within seven days.

This means that if you make it a priority to respond faster that it sets your business apart and shows your dedication to both taking feedback seriously and resolving issues in a timely manner.

  1. Address the complaint and apologize

According to research from Qualtrics, 89% of consumers read businesses’ responses to reviews. That means leaving your bad review unanswered could leave your reviewer to be even more triggered to harm your businesses reputation, but also shows future customers that they are not of value.

  1. State that you can’t find their record as a customer

If true, this information is critical to utilize in your response back to the complaint. It gives an underlying acknowledgement to the rest of your potential customers reading that the review could be from someone who has in fact never been a customer. It also shows that you are doing your due diligence to look into the matter closely.

  1. Provide a reasonable solution

Responding back to the negative review could potentially lead to the customer changing their review to a positive one. If you respond quickly and diligently with a solution, you might see your one-star change to a four-star. Remember, when people complain, they just want to be heard and treated nicely. A little honey goes a long way. Here is how they can edit their review…

How your customer can edit their negative review

  1. Open Google Maps on their computer or device.
  2. In the top left, click “Menu” (3 horizontal lines).
  3. Look for “Your contributions”, click, and then choose “Reviews”.
  4. Next to their review of your business, click “More” (3 dots).
  5. Choose an option (edit or delete) and follow the instructions.

 

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How to Remove a Bad or Fake Recommendation from your Facebook Business Page https://popculturepress.org/2020/01/how-to-remove-a-bad-or-fake-recommendation-from-your-facebook-business-page/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:59:50 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=335

Since last year, Facebook has made the effort to change reviews to recommendations. According to the update, 1 in 3 people on Facebook use the platform to ask their communities where to go, where to eat, or where to shop, etc. Additionally, 2 out of 3 users visit the page of a local business at […]

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Since last year, Facebook has made the effort to change reviews to recommendations. According to the update, 1 in 3 people on Facebook use the platform to ask their communities where to go, where to eat, or where to shop, etc. Additionally, 2 out of 3 users visit the page of a local business at least once a week.

Maintain your business Facebook Business page by closely monitoring the recommendations you receive online. If you find a recommendation to be defamatory or fraudulent take these steps:

  1. Look at Facebook’s Community Standards to determine if the recommendation violates their rules.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper-right corner of the specific recommendation.
  3. Select “Report Post.”
  4. Follow the instructions to report your reason why you’d like the post removed.

Please note, there’s no guarantee that Facebook will comply with your request. To better your chances, know that the recommendation must either be unrelated to your business, clearly fake, or in some way violating Facebook’s terms. Your alternative is simply to turn off page recommendations entirely.

How to respond to real negative business recommendation

  1. Respond quickly

A study by Convince & Convert found that only 24.6% expect a business to respond to their online recommendation within three days. What’s really surprising, only 21% expect a response within 24 hours, and just 6.1% of those surveyed expect a business to respond within seven days.

This means that if you make it a priority to respond faster that it sets your business apart and shows your dedication to both taking feedback seriously and resolving issues in a timely manner.

  1. Address the complaint and apologize

According to research from Qualtrics, 89% of consumers read businesses’ responses to recommendations. That means leaving your bad recommendation unanswered could leave your customer to be even more triggered to harm your businesses reputation, but also shows future customers that they are not of value.

  1. State that you can’t find their record as a customer

If true, this information is critical to utilize in your response back to the complaint. It gives an underlying acknowledgement to the rest of your potential customers reading that the recommendation could be from someone who has in fact never been a customer. It also shows that you are doing your due diligence to look into the matter closely.

  1. Provide a reasonable solution

Responding back to the negative recommendation could potentially lead to the customer changing their recommendation to a positive one. If you respond quickly and diligently with a solution, you might see your one-star change to a five-star. Remember, when people complain, they just want to be heard and treated nicely. A little honey goes a long way. Here is how they can edit their recommendation.

How your customer can edit their negative recommendation

  1. On their profile, click Recommendations in the sub-navigation menu.
  2. Click the “You Recommend” tab.
  3. Find the recommendation and select the pencil icon.
  4. Click Save.

 

 

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‘Spies in Disguise’ Directors Say: ‘Will Smith Was Lightning in a Bottle’ https://popculturepress.org/2019/12/spies-in-disguise-directors-say-will-smith-was-lightning-in-a-bottle/ Wed, 25 Dec 2019 15:59:01 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=299

An endearing animated spy movie is the perfect Christmas treat. Especially Spies in Disguise, a family-friendly comedy with a stellar cast led by Will Smith as super-spy Lance Sterling, a debonair operative who prefers to work alone. Scientist Walter Beckett (Spider-man’s Tom Holland) is Walter’s exact opposite, a guy who lacks in social skills, but […]

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An endearing animated spy movie is the perfect Christmas treat.

Especially Spies in Disguise, a family-friendly comedy with a stellar cast led by Will Smith as super-spy Lance Sterling, a debonair operative who prefers to work alone.

Scientist Walter Beckett (Spider-man’s Tom Holland) is Walter’s exact opposite, a guy who lacks in social skills, but makes up for it in smarts and invention, creating many awesome gadgets that Lance uses on his epic missions.

But in Spies in Disguise, the charming animated holiday adventure from Blue Skies events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into a brave, fierce, and majestic… pigeon.

With the whole world in peril, Walter and Lance – clearly an odd couple — suddenly rely on each other in a whole new way. This spy comedy-adventure set is in the slick, high-octane, globe-trotting world of international espionage.

The directors were excited at the prospect of making what they believed could be a kid’s first introduction to spy movies. Therefore, it was important to them that Spies in Disguise had all the familiar elements of the genre: exotic international locales, dazzling cinematography, big action set pieces, futuristic gadgetry, and a great score with a memorable theme.

So they immersed themselves in the cool, stylized look and feel of them. They then imagined what would happen if they were to replace the heroes of those movies with a pigeon, and what they discovered was that the more grounded and cool the trappings were, the funnier it was with a pigeon in the center of it all.

During a recent visit to Philadelphia, the directors of the film, Troy Quane and Nick Bruno, were eager to talk about making their endearing new movie.

[Water and Lance in Spies in Disguise]

How much fun was making Spies in Disguise?

Nick Bruno: The most fun; we got to make our very own spy movie with great action where they were traveling the world. It has cool cinematography and great music and it is a buddy comedy – bringing together two unlikely characters.

Troy Quane: We also got to work with the most incredible cast during the four years it took to make the movie. We built an entire world, character by character, brick by brick. We had to know how to build everything; a true labor of love.

There are quite a few messages, what are some of the ones that resonate with you?

TQ: The one major message is that being weird is okay – we believe in Team Weird. That is an important message. Nick and I are parents and we always want to encourage our children to be their best selves. It is important to us that they can learn to have the courage to be themselves. We want them to know that usually, those people who step outside the norms are able to make the most miraculous things happen. So, weird is only weird until it isn’t anymore. Hopefully, kids can find their own way and see that Water is equally as awesome as Lance and in the end, Walter is rewarded.

NB: Another message is that this is a really big world but it’s also a connected world. We have to stop drawing lines in the sand because people are people. Walter is not as naïve as we initially are led to believe. He finds a good way to stop the bad in this world.  I also think you come to our party wanting to be Lance and leave wanting to be Walter.

Please talk about working with Will Smith.

NB: When we were creating the character of Lance Sterling we were looking at someone who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with James Bond. The one name we both agreed on was Will Smith, who is cool, smart, and charming and he can play cocky very well. Looking at him in Men in Black, Independence Day and Fresh Prince, and so much more.

What did you discover when you started working with Will?

NB: From the first time we met him we saw that he is the nicest guy in the world. He loved the humor, messaging of our movie. He understood that this might be a kid’s movie but it also had to say something smart. We got lightning in a bottle with Will and this cast.

This was the first animated movie for Rachel Brosnahan, best known as Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

TQ: Yes, she had done a small voice-over but this was her first animated feature. We always record the voice to the specifics of the actor. We had such a fun time with Rachel; she is so funny, charming and sincere. We feel she brought to life an important character. She kick-starts the movie and its support structure we loved that she was a sincere, supportive mom as well as firm. She hit in on all levels.

[Walter (Tom Holland) in Spies in Disguise]

What is a takeaway?

NB: We turn a spy into a pigeon but kids watching this must feel this is a believable world. We wanted to show a realistic mom having a conversation with her child about being weird. Someone who loved how special her son was and is her belief in and encouragement in him made all of the difference.

What was Will Smith’s reaction to seeing the movie?

TQ: Will loved it. It was important to him that this movie carries some good messages. He put so much time, effort and love into it. Every day he went into the studio and he would make us laugh and cry. It was amazing for all of us to sit in a theater with an actual audience and hear them laugh and gasp. The reactions we are hearing and seeing is extremely fulfilling and exciting.

What was your aim with this movie?

NB: We didn’t want to make this a spoof. We wanted to make this a legitimate spy movie that just happens to be animated. They’re in every city around the world. No one pays attention to them. Nobody even knows that they’re there. So they’re hiding in plain sight. Because they have eyes on the side of their head, they can see in 360 degrees, which means that at any given time, they can see your face and their butt. And you can’t sneak upon them.

TQ:  We both embraced the crazy idea – a man turns into a pigeon, which is insane. What was a genius about the conceit of the script, and therefore, made Walter’s idea so brilliant, is that pigeons are actually amazing creatures, and they are the perfect disguise! Because they will just fly away. They’re one of the fastest birds in the world. But because they’re so fast, they see at a faster rate of speed than we do, so everything to them feels slow motion. We would always refer to that as Pigeon Bullet Time.

How did your own children react to the final film?

NB: We took them to the recent premiere and instead of watching the screen I watched the faces of my children. It was exciting that we got to laugh as a family. Even the teenagers loved the comedy and the characters. Regardless, of how old you were there is a kid on the inside. It’s all about Team Weird, so it’s always weird until it isn’t anymore. Stay true to yourself and you will find your flock and find your success when everything is sorted out.

What is your plan for the future?

TQ: To keep making these movies. We have a bunch of things brewing that we are not quite ready to talk about.

What advice do you have for children or teens who want to follow in your footsteps in animation?

NB: Just start creating. There are a million different jobs out there and you will find your place. Look into drawing, lighting, animation, sound effects, etc. and once you figure out what excites you start looking at the names in the credits of your favorite animated movies and look into how they got there. Smartphones these days are a full production studio which makes it easy to be creative and have fun.

Spies in Disguise flies into theaters on Christmas Day 2019.

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