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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re taking a break from decorating cookies, wrapping presents and humming carols to bring you the gift of the hottest trending topics. With TikTok offering meal delivery and Meta creating a way for kids’ drawings to come to life, it’s safe to say that 2021 is ending with a bang. Let’s unwrap the latest now!
From viral recipe videos to real life delivery, TikTok has your tastes covered. In a partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts (VDC), TikTok is set to launch a delivery-only service that takes trending recipes from the platform and offers them to fans. It’s reported that TikTok and VDC will start with 300 locations across the country and expand by the end of 2022.
So, where will the food come from? VDC co-founder Robert Earl will utilize some of the restaurants he owns to prepare these highly desirable menu items. With new TikTok trends racing in at lightning speed, the menu will rotate quarterly to feature the latest top recipes from creators. If you’re wondering what recipes will sizzle in the TikTok Kitchen first, it’s reported that the viral baked feta pasta that topped Google searches in 2021, will be ready to hit your doorstep soon. This news has us wondering…Is it dinner time yet?
Now, your kids’ sketches and artwork can do more than just decorate the fridge. Meta, the new Facebook parent company, has launched a creative way to bring children’s drawings to life. Last week, Meta rolled out a new AI-based tool which animates drawings, turning them into cartoons. As reported by Meta: “By uploading drawings to our prototype system, parents and children can watch their drawings become moving characters that dance, skip and jump. And, they can even download a video of their animated drawings to share with friends and family.”
What makes this AI-tool so unique is that it can detect a child’s drawing, creating animation from artwork that’s more challenging to identify. Meta’s new AI animated drawings tool is one more step in using machine learning to bring imaginations to life. If your little one wants to give this a try, you can upload drawings here. Maybe you’ll have a one-of-a-kind cartoon to view during winter break!
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is keeping their audience laughing even with only five crew members. The season finale of SNL was abruptly altered due to a spike in Covid cases, but the show certainly went on. The cast was small but mighty starring Paul Rudd, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Michael Che and Kenan Thompson. Along with this star-studded limited cast, the crew was minimal and there was no live audience or live musical guest. The show included previously recorded sketches, a few holiday classics from years past and the traditional “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey filling in for Colin Jost. The season finale certainly closed out an unpredictable year, but like we’ve all learned to do, they made the best of the circumstances while bringing smiles to viewers everywhere.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” swept box offices over the weekend, making it the third-best opening in cinematic history. After years of watching movies from the comfort of our homes, Sony’s Spider-Man swings in to make sure 2021 ends in Spidey style. Exceeding expectations, the film brought in $253 million in the opening weekend. During the pandemic, there has not been another film to creep above $100 million in one weekend, making “Spider-Man: No Way Home” that much more impressive. Some say that Marvel fans rush to theaters on opening day to dodge any spoilers, but no matter how it caught viewers in its web, the film is easily the highest grossing movie of the year.
Thanks for starting your holiday week with us here on the Bolt Blog! We wish you a week of joy, peace and time with your loved ones. We’ll see you back on the blog in the new year to get a jump start on the first trends of 2022.