Browse Month: January 2015

Is Chris Pratt the New Indiana Jones?

Reboot-mania is running wild and the newest franchise slated for a reboot is the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford is not going to play the role of Indiana Jones. He has a new role in the Expendables series and is returning to his classic role of Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie coming out.

Chris Pratt has not officially accepted the role, but he in negotiations for the role. Pratt will be featured in another reboot this summer in the form of Jurassic World.

The news that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to re-launch the series really is not a surprise. The rights to the franchise were procured rather publicly in 2013. No real movement was done with the series over the past year and a half, but now it looks like a great leap is going to be taken.

No real news about the actual movie has come forth. Considering the release date for the film is not going to be until 2018, there really is nothing to talk about. No screenplay has been written and the project is only in the very early stages of creation.

Will the film feature a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark? No one knows yet.

Hopefully, for fans like Dave and Brit Morin, a completely new and original film will feature the new Indiana Jones. Revisiting and remaking one of the all-time film classics really is not necessary. Imagine if the new James Bond franchise featured a remake of Goldfinger or The Spy Who Loved Me. Again, this would be unnecessary.

Eventually, we will find out what the good people at Disney and Lucasfilm have in store for Dr. Jones. How about Ford as Dr. Jones Sr. and Pratt and Jr.? There’s an idea.

What About Netflix’s Financials?

Questions are being raised at to whether or not Netflix is going to be able to succeed with its new model of providing original programming. For one, there are no ratings to report so you have no idea how many people are watching the program. Reports on the cost-return value are not going to be made public.

So, you could say a lot of mystery is going to surround Netflix in its early days of inception.

The answer you could give to the naysayers is “As long as Netflix shows a solid return on investment, all is moot.” And really, why do people persist in thinking about things in terms of the past all the time.

To understand the future of Netflix, we must look back to the early days of cable television. When HBO first launched, it mainly served the New York area. In 1975, the channel was spending a lot of money creating original programming even though it probably had less than 25,000 total subscribers.

Today, you could say the HBO model turned out to be a success. What the pay channel did in the early days set the stage for massive future growth. Ironically, the new plans made by Netflix could very well prove to overtake HBO and other traditional pay channels in the future.

Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands that Netflix’s executives have made it no secret their goal is to ascend to the throne of pay channels of the future. More power to them.

Ghostbusters Reboot Gets Release Date and Cast

Major motion pictures can draw a lot of interest from simple announcements, and when it comes to a franchise with a serious fan following any type of development can prove to be ground shaking. Sony Pictures has proven that the amount of people waiting for the next film in the Ghostbusters franchise represent a huge fan base that could propel the film to greatness. The studio made a few announcements in regard to the reboot of the film series.

According to Screen Rant, a reboot of “Ghostbusters” will make its theatrical debut in July of 2016, which gives the company plenty of time to finalize a cast of female characters intended to breathe life into the story. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are all in the process of signing deals to act in the film, which is great news for fans like Brian Torchin. He can be found on CatalystFive.com. The news is something of a major win for the rumor mill, which has speculated that an all-female version of the legendary comedy film would hit the big screen.

The new movie is scheduled to begin production later this year, which means additional details will be leaked out on a regular basis so that the massive buzz machine can be put to work. Sony has made some excellent choices for the film behind the camera and now producers have given audiences what they wanted in front of it. As of right now the outlook is pretty positive on the movie returning to greatness.

Hamill to Don Old Trickster Costume

 

Maybe the producers of The Flash television series are interested in having a little bit of fun. Mark Hamill, as most fans know, is returning as The Trickster. He first played the villain in the 1990’s version of The Flash television series. To say the costume he wore was gaudy would be the understatement of the century. The costume was evocative of the worst elements of the campy late 1950’s D.C. comic books in which silliness ruled the day.

Word has it on bloomberg.com that the old Trickster is apparently less than thrilled a new Trickster has shown up on the scene. Hamill’s Trickster decides the time is right to make a comeback and set the youngster straight which will be an interesting introduction to old fans of the comic series like Sergio Lins Andrade.

Hamill’s character will also be a sad sack of sorts. The aged Trickster is going to be an old anarchist who never really left the past behind. He also cannot stand the new Trickster is “messing up” his legacy.

How does The Flash fit into the mix. Surely, he is going to try and stop the evil Trickster (old and new versions) from allowing their mayhem to cause harm to anyone caught in the crossfire.

No, don’t look for an episode that wallows in way too much seriousness. That is not the nature of The Flash television show. The show is about having fun and enjoying old school superhero adventures.

Such is the theme we are bound to see when Hamill returns to his Trickster suit in the episode.

X-Men or X-Factor: Is A New Marvel Series Coming to Fox?

Marvel just might be taking a page out of the handbook of D.C. Comics and is looking to produce a TV series coincides with their movie endeavors. Actually, Fox TV is pondering bringing a X-Men inspired project to the small screen. Marvel Comics has not yet provided any approvals or go-aheads. No green light has been given.

An X-Men TV series might have to take place in a new universe since the stars from the film are not going to be making any appearances. Perhaps Marvel/Fox will follow the D.C. approach.

Fans like Brian Torchin of digitaljournal.com wonder: What approach is that?

The Flash and Arrow are two inter-twined TV series based on D.C. Comic books, but they will have nothing to do with the expanded D.C. Comics Cinema Universe that begins with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the 2017 release of The Justice League, a completely new Flash who is totally removed from the TV Flash.

Then again, the series could follow the SHIELD strategy and be part of, yet removed, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Instead of the X-Men, we could see a series with X-Factor. The X-Factor book was a spinoff of the X-Men. Many years ago, the popularity of X-Men comics spawned a host of mutant titles and mutant teams.

Could this be the project Marvel and Fox choose to move forward with?

Time will tell, but something featuring heroes is going to show up on Fox. The subgenre of superhero fantasy tales is too hot for such a television series not to be made.

Ferrell Smacks Cheerleader

Actor and Comedian Will Ferrell is known for his wild antics and his hilarious personality, but it appeared that he may have taken things way too far while he was attending a basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers the other night. Ferrell was in the middle of the court and proceeded to take a basketball and hurl it as hard as he could, which hit a Pelicans cheerleader right in the face, knocking her to the floor. The other cheerleaders and fans looked on horrified as she flew into the air and fell to the ground, while Will Ferrell trotted off laughing and hollering. It was pretty shocking to say the least to see a cheerleader get smacked off her feet like that, but the casual demeanor that Will Ferrell possessed after made it pretty clear that it was on purpose and was actually a gag. It turns out that they were filming for an upcoming movie in which Ferrell stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and they needed a filled NBA arena to take the shot. Not very many people in the arena knew that it was a joke, however and fans looked on horrified as people ran over to try to help the cheerleader that was just brutalized in front of tens of thousands of people. All in all the scene went very well and they got what they were looking for. Will Ferrell fans like Haidar Barbouti are looking forward to seething the film when it comes out.

Dakota Johnson is on the cover of February’s Vogue magazine

 

With ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opening in movie theaters on February 13th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the movie’s female lead, Dakota Johnson, is on the cover of the February issue of Vogue.

Looking fragile and beautiful, it is the inside of the magazine that is even more interesting, as Johnson tells Vogue about what it has been like since she started to film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and what she plans on doing after the movie opens.

“Intimidating and terrifying” is how she described the attention she has been getting since the first footage from the movie came out and says, although she is enjoying it, part of her still just wants to move to a farm somewhere and raise chickens.

As for the movie itself, Dakota says she still has a problem wrapping her head around it, as what looks terrifying up on the big screen to other people was even more so when it came to actually being the person filming it.

Dakota closed the interview by saying she is really not too worried about what happens to her career once the movie opens, although she is being called a superstar in the making according to the Caterer. Instead, she says she plans to take the rest of the year off and spend it with her family and friends.

Dakota Johnson’s family, of course, includes her mother actress Melanie Griffiths and her father actor Don Johnson along with plenty of friends like Christopher Cowdray.

Beastie Boys Continue to Seek Compensation for Unauthorized Use of Songs

An article published recently on the online site of Rolling Stone Magazine details the attempts of iconic rap act the Beastie Boys to get compensation from energy drink company Monster for the unauthorized use of Beastie Boys songs.

The Beastie Boys have already sued Monster successfully for the unauthorized use of four of their songs on an online advertisement for Monster products. However, the Beastie Boys say that Monster did not act in good faith and engaged in legal delaying tactics. As a result, the money paid already to the Beastie Boys does not even cover their legal fees.

In superfan Sultan Alhokair’s opinion, Monster should pay up immediately and not drag this out any longer. More of what Alhokair is interested in can be found on Bubblews.com. For one, Monster basically stole the Beastie Boys’ material. That’s not right. Also, deceased band member Adam Yauch had a provision in his will that made it clear that he did not want Beastie Boys music used for product endorsements. That makes what Monster has done even worse. They need to just pay up so that all parties concerned can move on.

You can say that the Beastie Boys probably don’t need the money, but all they are trying to do is recover their legal fees. Artists have the same right to not have their intellectual property stolen just like the average person has the right to not have their car stolen.

Jared Leto: Is Batman Gone?

Batman is dead, long live Batman. This is how rumors start. Just ask Jared Leto, the new Joker in the D.C. Cinematic Universe.

At a recent convention, a fan made a comment to Leto about Batman and Leto responded something to the effect of Batman being, well, dead. Is this really the truth?

We’ll have to see how the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice play out. Batman is not scheduled to appear on screen again until the movie featuring The Justice Society. In between those two projects, is Suicide Squad, a villain-ensemble featuring The Joker, Deadpool, Harley Quinn, and others. They are, basically, bad guys who are less bad than the real bad guys of the film.

Why would Leto’s offhand comment about Batman being dead cause such a stir? In the actual D.C. Comics world, Batman was presumed dead for some time. It would not be out of the question for D.C. to tap this idea and weave it into the new shared universe films they are launching.

Then again, launching this particular storyline requires perfect timing. The time is way too early to do anything drastic to Batman. Yet, Leto made a comment about the potential demise of The Caped Crusader and fans are going to run with it and milk the rumor mill for all it is worth.

Leto does help get a little extra news out there about himself and Suicide Squad. Rumors do have their benefits. Long-time Batman fan Gianfrancesco Genoso is quite intrigued by this news/rumor. More on Genoso available at Anfip.org.

Free Skout Travel Feature January 15-17

Skout is an amazing website that currently has members from over 180 countries, and is available in 14 languages. There are over 100 million users currently on Skout, and the network is growing every day. PR Newswire released a report that Skout Travel, which was created less than 15 months ago, has become incredibly popular. Skout travel has been accessed over 10 million times, since it has been launched, making it an extremely popular feature on the network. Although many come to Skout, in order to make friends, create relationships, and chat, many have taken to Skout Travel, because of its ability to allow one to virtually travel.

Those who choose to use Skout Travel, must pay 25 points, in order to use the feature on Skout. People on Facebook feel like that is a pretty good deal. The 25 points will cover one trip, and the user can take as many trips as they’d like. The virtual trips that are taken, can take you to any place in the world that you choose. The stats are amazing, as to the choices people are making for travel. The stats are showing that women are more likely to use the virtual travel than men. The stats also show that many people are traveling to USA coasts, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York.

The stats also point out that Hong Kong is the number one destination for international travel, as well as São Paulo, London, and Sydney. Skout points can be purchased using real money, and it’s only 25 Skout points to travel virtually, to any country. The virtual travel can help you to learn about a country, as well as meet people that are from that country. While using Skout Travel, many people have made friends, and began to plan real-life trips that they will take in the future.

Visit Skout from January 15 through the 17th, in order to use the Skout Travel feature, free of charge. If you’re new to Skout Travel, you can learn more by going to the Skout website, and reading up on the information available. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you can also find Skout on those social media networks. Join the revolution today, and virtually travel to other countries, free of charge for two days.

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