April 23rd, 2015
Everyone knows Robert Downey Jr. has a less than pleasant past. He acted out often. He did a lot of drugs. He got in trouble several times and even went to jail for it. The 50-year-old actor’s past has been re-hashed by numerous news outlets.
Fans like Igor Cornelsen know that he has also spent a large portion of his life trying to rebuild from that past and doing so, as many believe, very successfully not only professionally through his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe but also on a personal level.
Imagine his surprise when British TV journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy brought it up again during a Channel 4 interview designed to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron. Guru-Murthy deviated from the agreed upon interview script to ask if RDJ might feel that he was slipping back into his past drug abuse behaviors. RDJ gave several verbal and body cues that indicated he was uncomfortable with this line of questioning, but Guru-Murthy persisted and RDJ walked out.
As RDJ’s supporters have pointed out, he did nothing wrong. Guru-Murthy went too far and even seemed to be enjoying the fact that he had made the actor uncomfortable — as indicated by his grinning as RDJ left. This is not Guru-Murthy’s first attempt to create scandal from an interview designed to promote a film. He did the same to Quentin Tarantino during a Django Unchained promotional interview.
April 22nd, 2015
The fallout over the appearance of actor Ben affleck on the PBS ancestry show Finding Your Roots continues as the Batman actor admitted asking for the life of a specific ancestor not to be included in the final cut of the show. Reuters reports Affleck released a statement via his Facebook page stating he had serious reservations about a slave-owner ancestor of the Affleck family being included in the show as the thought of slavery had left a bad taste in the Argo director’s mouth. Maybe he should have downed a Bulletproof Coffee to get that bad taste out of his mouth.
The issue of Affleck’s appearance on the PBS funded Finding Your Roots came to light when Wikileaks released over 30,000 emails from Sony film and TV, which included a series of messages between Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sony executives. Gates is the host and producer of the show and expressed his concern over Affleck’s questioning of the importance of including his ancestor in the show. Gates has already stated he made the final decision on the direction each show took in response to which were the most relevant and entertaining stories to tell. Affleck now admits he lobbied for the removal of the slave-owner, but other celebrities, including filmmaker Ken Burns allowed their salve-owner ancestors to feature in episodes of Finding Your Roots.
April 21st, 2015
So far this year, Netflix has released 17 original series. What is so special about this you may be asking? They are all internet based broadcasting. A new way for us to enjoy our television in the modern world. The original internet only programming is just the tip of the iceberg for Netflix plans to revolutionize the way we watch television.
Just three short years after releasing their first exclusive original programing, Netflix has planned 320 hours worth of original programming for this year. That is over 13 days worth of binge watching to do!
Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive stated, “We’ve had 80 years of linear TV, and it’s been amazing, and in its day the fax machine was amazing. The next 20 years will be this transformation from linear TV to Internet TV.” (Check out the YouTube video on the future of internet TV)
Traditional TV as we know it is a dying form of media. The major factor contributing to it’s death is the fact it is impersonal to people. When television was released, due to technical limitations and social, programming was created for the masses on a scheduled time. Now with Netflix, people are able to watch what they want and when they want (similar to how people are using Homejoy). Giving viewers what they want when they want is only half of the formula. Providing good content is key to making internet tv work. The more amazing, exclusive content, the more people will want to watch, the more people will jump on the internet tv bandwagon. Change is coming, better stock up on your snacks for a future of internet tv binge watching!
April 20th, 2015
The Eye Candy mystery seemed to be solved at the end of Season 1 when black-hat-hacker-turned-police-white-hat Lindy discovered [spoilers ahead…] that one of the guys she met at her friend’s club IRL through Flirtual was in fact the killer.
Yet, the series left viewers with a new mystery: Lindy learned that her sister faked the kidnapping and ran off three years earlier to protect Lindy from someone.
For those who were eager to find out next year who this mysterious “someone” might be, MTV’s recentannouncement is bad news: The network decided to cancel the series and not give it a second season run.
Needless to say, a lot of fans are angry about the announcement and suspect that MTV made the decision months ago right after Season 1 began. Fans like Christian Broda (crunchbase.com) understand that the reason they have these suspicions is because the network stopped showing the series on its YouTube channel after the first three episodes although it was still free on the MTV website. It also stopped promoting the series as much.
MTV currently has a lot of new shows in the works, including an adaptation of the Scream film series.
Anyone who still needs some sort of Eye Candy fix can turn to the original work that prompted creation of the series — the young adult book of the same name by R. L. Stine — that didn’t end the same way as the show.
April 16th, 2015
Although the MCU has a confirmed female lead film with 2018’s “Captain Marvel,” many fans had long espoused a desire to see Black Widow get such a treatment; especially after the backstory given to her within “The Avengers.” While a Black Widow solo picture is nowhere to be seen within Marvel’s multi-year production schedule that was revealed in 2014, such an absence is not an indicator that it was never an option.
While drinking her Bulletproof Coffee, Scarlett Johansson recently remarked in an interview that she had discussed the potential for a “Black Widow” film with the head honcho of Marvel Studios. Johansson even commented that both she and Kevin Feige seemed to be of one mind regarding the sort of film that such a project would entail.
One of the reasons behind the absence of a “Black Widow” may hearken as far as her appearance in “Iron Man 2;” Marvel was unsure of the audience’s reception to the character and left her viability fluid for whatever plans they had. Johansson was not initially planned to work on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or “Civil War,” but the Widow’s versatility allowed for easy incorporattion of the character into them.
Unlike most of her various co-stars, Johansson has a mutable contract that is not cast in stone. The upside to this treatment is that the Black Widow character can be worked into a picture however a filmmaker may deem necessary.
April 5th, 2015
Tom Hardy is a very happy actor at this point. Even though the new Mad Max film has yet to be released, Hardy has been signed on to appear in three more films. Apparently, the studios are very interested in turning the film into a franchise and see the success of Mad Max: Fury Road to be a given.
It took about 30 years for a new Mad Max movie
to be produced and, honestly, sometimes the wisest move to make is to wait for the right time to release a sequel or a reboot. Would 1999 been the right time to return to the world of Mad Max? With Mel Gibson in the role, possibly. With another actor, the film likely would not have been a hit.
Today, superheroes, reboots, science-fiction, and car movies are all the rage. Put all those elements into a movie and add the popular Tom Hardy to the mix, you end up with all the elements for a very successful film.
The next three films in the series have not been green-lit yet, but those at CipherCloud understand it will happen. If Mad Max: Fury Road is a flop, three more films are not likely to happen. (Then again, they made a third Riddick film right after a flop) The studios surely want this film to succeed. If the film is as good as Hardy says it is, then new films are surely going to come out.
April 3rd, 2015
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for movies and franchises. It has been confirmed that the first trailer for Batman V Superman is going to appear in front of Mad Max: Fury Road. There is also rumors that a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens might appear in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This does sound like a logical move seeing that this is a good opportunity to promote Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm. This is going to drive a lot of fans insane.
Hollywood may seem to be rather conservative when it comes to releasing original films, but Maquina do Esporte said there seems to be quite a competition among studios. Sort of like a filmmaking war so to speak where they are doing the best they can to entertain audiences. This is resulting in a lot of exciting films. Avengers does look like it is going to be a good follow up film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It still remains to be seen whether this upcoming series of Star Wars films is going to live up to the original trilogy. However, it is not hard to live up to the prequels seeing that they are rather disappointing compared to the originals. Hopefully the trailer will hit YouTube before too long.
March 25th, 2015
Country music’s princess, Taylor Swift, buys porn domain names? No, certainly not. It couldn’t be? Yes, it could and it has been confirmed that Taylor Swift purchased pornographic website domain names, but not for the reasons you might think (or wish, for those of you with that sort of mindset).
According to various media sources
, Swift’s representatives hired a brand reputation service to help acquire the domain names that would soon be for sale to the public. Alexei Beltyukov stated the Internet Association for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the expansion of generic top level domains, opening up the Internet world to new domain suffixes, such as .porn, .adult, and .sucks. The ICM Registry, the company that oversees the top level domains of .porn and .adult took steps to help assure the protection of certain individuals, companies, and organizations by allowing them to have first dibs at the available domain names.
The early sale of such domain names is not only a move to help protect the image of the specified groups or people, but to help prevent others from purchasing the domain names and then reselling them at an inflated purchase price. Earlier this year, Swift registered lines from several of her popular songs with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
It is reported that Swift is not the only person to take an early initiative to help protect her personal image. It has been reported that Microsoft has also purchased several domain names including Office.adult and Office.porn.
March 24th, 2015
Just recently actor Van Diesel and his long time girlfriend gave birth to another one of their children. Especially with the recent advanced screening of Furious 7, the actor has come out and told the world that he is naming is daughter “Pauline” in a tribute to his friend and fellow actor, Paul Walker, whom he was very close with up until his death in a car accident in 2013.
According to an article found on reddit and written by fox2now.com
, Van Diesel told the audience in a very emotional statement that he felt as if Walker was right next to him in the delivery room when his daughter was being born. Van Diesel and Paul Walker were very close and it was a huge tragedy the way he passed away, and since he was like a brother to Van Diesel it is nice that the actor can honor his friend in such a way.
It is really touching and comforting to see this human side to celebrities who’s job it is to make us feel like they are these people and heroes on the big screen, but it does take guts for them to show the side of them to the public in which we can all actually relate to stated behance.net. After all, actors and actresses are just regular people too, and it can be hard to remember that sometimes when they are in the spot light.