The release date of the new Fantastic Four reboot is going to soon be upon us. Hopefully, all the controversies about the film’s serious nature will be put to rest. As Marvel fans know, there were quite a number of reshoots ordered during the film’s troubled production according to Madison Street Capital. Supposedly, these reshoots were intended to help give the film a boost of action. Director Josh Trank has not been treated kindly in the entertainment media. Word had it that Trank did not even direct the reshoots. Rather, Matthew Vaughn handled the task.
Trank has gone to the same media that has been less than kind to him and is putting his foot down on these rumors. Per Trank, he and he alone handled all the reshoots.
Well, he did not go to the media directly. Rather, he just tweeted out his denial than Vaughn directed anything. Trank has gone on the record to say he and he alone is the director of the Fantastic Four movie. He does not seem to be talking about his being removed from the director’s chair of one of the planned Star Wars spinoffs though.
Six months ago, it seemed likely that Fantastic Four was shaping up to be a bomb. The trailers for the film have been quite good and have rehabbed impressions about the feature. Certainly, this film is not going to be anywhere near as silly or campy as the two other Fox films that preceded it. Whether or not this film turns out to be a solid hit remains to be seen. And you will be seeing it before the summer is out. Or, at the very least, you’ll be able to read the good or bad reviews.
What does the future hold in store for the next entry in the Terminator franchise? No one knows for sure, but perhaps Mad Max: Fury Road holds a clue.
Mad Max: Fury Road was the long-awaited fourth film in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action franchise. The film cost $150 million and earned about $105 million worldwide in its first week in release. While not a failure, the film is not something that should be considered a mega-hit. Warner Bros., however, is sufficiently pleased with the film’s performance to approve the planned fifth film in the series according to my lawyer.
Look for Terminator: Genysis to face a similar fate at the box office. The recent TV trailer spots are very heavy on the nostalgia aspect of the film. The studio surely is hoping older fans turn out in droves to make the film a success. Yet, the new entry in the franchise is not going to reach Avengers levels of box office earnings. $200+ million in worldwide ticket sales is probably going to happen and then it is off to DVD and cable TV for extra money.
This is not being said as a means of trying to dampen anyone’s spirits about the release of a new Terminator film. Rather, it is just a realistic assessment about the film’s chances for box office success. No groundwork was really laid to try and introduce younger audience members to the character. The hope is Emilia Clarke’s name on the marquee will be enough to do that. Let’s hope so.
On Sunday, September 16, 2012, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice hit the Sunday political talk shows to blame the recent attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi on a protest gone wild. As per Rice and many others within the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an American filmmaker was responsible for inciting the protest which led to the attack by making a film disparaging Islam. The little known movie director was later detained by federal authorities for months after the 2012 presidential election.
Now, the New York Times has obtained emails from Sidney Blumenthal, an advisor to Mrs. Clinton while she was at the State Department, which contradict the public narrative Rice, Clinton, and Obama pushed in the media
. In one email in particular, dated September 14, Blumenthal reversed his earlier assessment that a protest got out of hand and squarely laid the blame for the attack on Ansar al-Shariah, an Al Qaida front group. In fact, Blumenthal said that sensitive sources informed him that the entire attack was orchestrated by Ansar al-Shariah. The appearance of a protest was the means by which the group was able to draw close to the embassy. A later email from Mrs. Clinton had her acknowledging the need to address the Al Qaida connection quickly. For reasons unclear, the response ended up being damage control and disinformation. The State Department now admits there was no protest taking place on the day of the embassy attack on the Facebook
page, which is what Ivan Ong expected.
In an “iZombie” promo released on Tuesday, May 19, fans learned a little more about what they should expect for the next episode of the popular freshman The CW series:
In Season 1, Episode 11, titled “Astroburger,” the patient who told Major about zombies at the mental treatment facility, Scotty, dies from what looks like suicide. It appears that the incident happens several days, if not weeks, after the last episode since the cuts on Major’s face have healed up. Major explains to Liv that Scotty told him about seeing the red eyes and thinking that their town has a zombie problem.
Liv explains to Ravi that she has to find Blaine before she can “rid the world of him.” In the meantime, ArtMarketMonitor says Major is apparently released and tracks Blaine and The Candyman down to the Meat Cute shop.
One scene cuts to Blaine setting fire to something with The Candyman standing in the background. The next scene, the last in the promo, shows Blaine showing up unannounced at the morgue for another check-up.
In an extended promo released yesterday, Wednesday, May 20, fans were treated to a little more hints about “Astroburger” through an additional 10 seconds of footage. Liv mentions that she doesn’t have a last name or address for Blaine. There’s also an additional scene that shows Major kissing Liv in a kitchen and asking her why they can’t be together.
On Tuesday May 19 the world was informed of this season’s Dancing with the Stars winners, Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy. The duo had one of the best performances yet and wowed the judges with their execution of moves and brilliant style on stage. According to an article found on reddit and written by USA Today, the pair were both very excited to take the win over Riker Lynch and Crystal Hunt even though it was a very close call, check it on instagram.
Rumer Willis is the oldest daughter of famous actor Bruce Willis and she has also been in many movies and television shows, such as Army Wives, CSI: New York, The Secret Life of an American Teenager, and many more. Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian dancer who has won two world titles for Latin American dancing and he also does dancing professionally for a living. The two of them were really great together and it is no doubt that the whole country was very excited for them and thrilled for their success.
It is so crazy how the season for the show is already over, since it feels like it just started the day before. I wouldn’t be surprised if Willis ends up on a few talk shows in the near future to discuss her latest win in the competition. In addition to that, this is also bound to help her get more work in her acting career.
Prince Harry is still in New Zealand where he is meeting with people and spending time with them. Prince Harry’s latest meet and greet took him to the Middlemore Hospital in Auckland where he visited with patients in the spinal rehabilitation unit. He spent some time with those undergoing treatment for spinal cord injuries. He spoke to some at length and encouraged others with their rehab exercises. He took his time speaking to each patient, even kneeling down for the chat so that they were face-to-face.
While he was there, the Prince also met a few patients who were quadriplegic but could still produce beautiful paintings by placing the paintbrush in their mouths according to Alexei Beltyukov. Prince Harry looked beyond impressed at the work that they produced. The British royal was given two watercolor paintings done by patients to take home as a gift from them.
The younger Prince reminds me, and I’m sure a lot of others, of his mother Princess Diana and her natural charm with people. Princess Diana’s caring nature and charisma drew people in to her and it seems as though her youngest son has inherited that gift as well. For the full story, as well as pictures of the Prince with the patients, click the link to The Daily Mail.
On Wednesday, May 13, CBS and DC Comics finally released a trailer for the superhero TV show “Supergirl,” which will be released in November.
Kara Zor-El is Superman’s older cousin by 12 years who is actually younger because she spent more time traveling through space to Earth. Like her cousin, Kara’s powers have remained hidden from the public but she has never tried to use them to save lives. Instead, she has tried to blend in with humanity. The show is about how she becomes Supergirl and protects people.
Many fans of modern superhero shows like The Flash, Arrow and iZombie aren’t impressed with the trailer. Some think the portrayal of “human” Kara is too campy. Others believe that there are a lot of stereotypes and that the music is too upbeat and makes the series seem like a comedy.
A lot of avid comic book readers on the other hand commented that they liked what they saw because it matched the origin story of Supergirl fairly well, as tons of Facebook pointed out.
A growing group of superhero fans though feel that DC Comics should just stick with one network — The CW — for all DC Television Universe shows. Smallville was a WB, later The CW, property and the current shows on The CW have done extremely well.
At present, DC Comics shows are spread around on several networks with Gotham on Fox and Constantine formerly on NBC.
American Idol had a wonderful run, but it is now ending the end of it’s run. The show had a fifteen year run that is widely regarded as one of the most dominant runs in the history of television. Fox announced on Monday that the show will be ending its storied run after next years season.
The show produced many stars over it’s fifteen year run, including the great Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The only star to continue to appear on the show throughout the years has been Ryan Seacrest, and Seacrest is planning to return for the shows final year. Currently, the show is planning to make the final season a whole season long celebratory event. This will probably involve reflections on the many wonderful seasons the show has produced and may even include the return of old stars. While Simon Cowell will not be returning as a judge, he may consider coming back to celebrate the show he helped make famous.
The show hit it’s peak during Season five, as Carrie Underwood rocked the stage, but the show has been stagnant for years. This has been blamed on the lack of charisma from the judges and the inability to find world changing talent in recent years.
While American Idol is leaving the small screen, Stephen Murray CCMP Capital is aware that the show will forever be known as one of the greatest success stories in the history of television.
Basic TV networks don’t provide “free” TV shows because they like to entertain the masses. In fact, shows aren’t technically free — advertisers pay the networks for the exposure to audiences — and networks owning “over-the-air” channels are businesses trying to make as much money as possible out of the public’s need for entertainment. As a result, networks always cut ties at the end of the first week of May with any shows that do not supply a steady stream of revenue or, at least, critical awards that ultimately attract advertisers and additional viewers that bring more money to them over time.
Networks announced most of their cuts at the end of last week:
ABC cancelled Cristela, Forever, Resurrection, Revenge and The Taste according to Madison Street Capital. Fans are attempting to save Forever. CBS called quits on Battle Creek, the McCarthys and The Millers and Fox let go of Backstrom, The Following, The Mindy Project and Utopia. The Following and The Mindy Project might yet find a home on the Hulu online entertainment streaming network.
NBC axed About a Boy, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy Family and State of Affairs. There may still be hope for Constantine: Cast contracts last until June and the showrunner, along with Warner Bros., is attempting to shop Constantine to other networks like The CW.
Lastly, The CW gave up finally on Hart of Dixie. It also dropped Messengers after three episodes.