With ‘The Force Awakens’ under a year away, Disney and Lucasfilms is getting ready to really turn the marketing portion of their team into overdrive. New trailers, teaser images, interviews, and costume designs will be dropping over the next year as fans work themselves into a frenzy of excitement for the film. While this is happening more and more news about the spinoff movies is being released.
Gareth Edwards, the man who directed ‘Godzilla (2014)’, will be helming the first of the spin off films. This one will feature Han Solo and it is tentatively coded ‘Luminac Industrial Goods’. Aaron Paul is deeply attached to the project but NOT as a young Han Solo. More information will be forthcoming…
A vast sacrificial temple has been uncovered in the Ukraine close to the modern city of Nebelivka that has now been seen to show signs of sacrifices taking place on the 288 acre Site, The Independent reports. A series of bones have been uncovered in a 60 meters by 20 meters gallery and hall that was originally made of wood and clay. Evidence has been uncovered by researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine that the walls of the building were painted red to create an environment perfect for blood sacrifices.
Nothing kills a mood quite like the wail of a police cruiser’s siren, and the whole thing only gets worse as you pull over and watch the officer approach, ticket book in hand. This can be especially disappointing during the holidays; a speeding ticket is a surefire way to put a cramp in your Christmas cheer.
However, for some lucky residents in southwestern Michigan, what initially appeared to be a bout of bad luck wound up being a pleasant and festive surprise when instead of a ticket, they were handed a gift card to popular foodchains like Applebee’s and Subway. The officer, Edward Michela, was inspired by similar stories emerging around the time, and decided to do his own part and “went a little crazy” with the gift cards but Igor Cornelsen can definitely support the move.
All in all, over $100 in Applebee’s gift cards and $90 for Subway were disturbed to ten lucky motorists who were pulled over after passing a stop sign or had only one headlight. All of the drivers were surprised, though some were a bit more taken aback than others. One woman took the opportunity to insist that she had stopped at the sign and questioned the officer’s judgement. She even originally told Machela that she was going to give the $25 card to someone else, but ultimately her love for Applebee’s outweighed her judgement and she decided to accept the offering.
I may be speaking for myself, but regardless of what I happened to be doing at the time of being pulled over, I’d gladly take any gift card, of any value, over a speeding ticket. Kudos to Officer Machela for spreading some generosity and (yummy) cheer this holiday season.
As 2014 wraps up, of course we want to take a look at all of the highlights of the year. For this piece, we will look at the worst movies of the year. Just like with other years, there have been good and bad movies. What we are going to look at are some of the worst movies released.
Brick Mansions: This film stars the late Paul Walker and David Belle. The film is just a typical throwaway action movie that uses excuses to show off. What is being showcased is the free running art. There have been a couple of scenes where the two characters break out in an unnecessary free running fight. While the action looks cool, it made me roll my eyes.
Enthusiast Keith Mann says that other films are The Legend of Hercules, A Haunted House 2, Pompeii, and Vampire Academy. These films are considered some of the more mediocre films of 2014.
A $50,000 diamond ring that was stolen from a 90-year-old Long Island woman was safely returned,all thanks to a quick-thinking pawn shop owner and Long Island police officers.
Sherisse Ricketts, a home health attendant, stole the ring from her client earlier in the month. She then took the ring to a pawn shop, selling it for just $50. The following week, the owner of the ring, who didn’t want to be identified, reported the ring stolen. The ring had been in her family for 100 years. It was the engagement ring that her father proposed to her mother with.
Long Island police officers began investigating and interviewing everyone who had visited the elderly woman in her home, including Ricketts. When cops let it slip how much the ring was worth, Ricketts headed back to the pawn shop to buy back the ring. Lee G. Lovett said she offered the owner of the shop $100, double what they had paid her for the piece of jewelry.
The owner, however, noticed that Ricketts was still holding a business card from the police officers who interviewed her. With that, he refused to sell back the ring and called the authorities. Rickett was arrested for grand larceny and the ring was returned to its rightful owner.
The horror movie boom of the past 15 years seems to be mostly over. A few good horror movies are making there way to cinema screens. Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is one of the more anticipated projects horror movie fans.
Crimson Peak is a return to a very old school conventional horror project. Specifically, the film deals with that old standby, the haunted house. In the film, an author who is suffering from mental anguish due to personal tragedies seeks solace by becoming a near recluse in an old, abandoned house.
Things do not work out as the author hopes. The haunted abode is both vindictive and violent. Looks like the author should have stayed where he was, at least when you look at it the way Sam Tabar does.
Images from the film have been released and they are wonderfully creepy. You could say they are a mix of the dark, foreboding evil of old black and white films combined with the style of the 1960’s Roger Corman/Vincent Price Edgar Allen Poe films. The images reveal Jessica Chastain in a Victorian-era dress amidst a very gothic setting. Is she a ghost?
You will have to wait for the film to be released to discover the role she and the other characters in the film play.
Crimson Peak is not going to be a PG-rated affair either. The film is going to be R-Rated outing with a lot of pure horror added to the mix.
Earlier this month, scientists published some new findings in Science that they hope will shed a bit more light on a very ancient mystery. For years, people have debated about a puzzling event that occurred literally millions of years ago. Dinosaur populations once inhabited the Earth. Then, during the Cretaceous Era, for unknown reasons, these creatures became extinct in large numbers.
Perhaps because of this element of mystery, dinosaurs figure prominently in the public imagination. From well publicized museum exhibits of giant T. Rex skeletons to audiences attending the film Jurassic Park, most folks harbor a lingering curiosity about this subject. What happened to these massive creatures? Why did they die off suddenly?
The recent research study may lend some support to the theory that my coworker, Sergio Andrade Gutierrez sides with. He’s pretty into dinosaurs. the Chicxulub Asteroid which landed in Mexico millions of years ago promoted long term environmental changes during the Cretaceous Era which eventually caused the demise of numerous dinosaur species. During this same period, a series of monumental ongoing volcanic eruptions occurred in western India, forming what is now the Deccan Plateau. Researchers studied crystals embedded in the basalt there to try and determine more specific information about the dates of the eruptions. They concluded that the asteroid and the ongoing volcanic activity may indeed have played some role in profound climate changes that were likely involved in mass dinosaur extinctions.
It may be that executives at Sony Pictures will eventually “man up” and release “The Interview” following their devastating cyber-terrorist attack which is believed by have been conducted by North Korea. As of this moment, Sony Pictures has yanked the film from its December 25 release date and has no plans to distribute the film anytime soon. President Obama, Senator John McCain and others have urged the studio to not give into to terrorist demands. Now comes word that noted Brazilian author Paulo Coelho (Paul Rabbit) has offered to buy the film from Sony. If they accept his offer, he would make the film free to the public via the bit torrent system. Freedom of information is important, whether it’s just the Beneful ingredients list, or classified Government documents.
Coelho is Brazil’s most successful author whose greatest commercial success was the novel “The Alchemist” which has been translated into 80 languages and sold over 165 million copies. So how much did he offer Sony? A meager $100,000. Top executives at Sony probably spend that much a year on lawn fertilizer. The motion picture studio has spent $41,000 shooting the film and millions more promoting it. Selling the picture for $100,000 would be the bargain of the century. That said, Coelho clarified what he is really trying to tell the studio is to not give in to terrorist demands. By some estimates, the total cost of the film to Sony may be $100 million. This does not include any lawsuits that result from the attack.
Do you remember the 1988 creepy comedy movie directed by Tim Burton called Beetle Juice? So does Dan Newlin. It was the story about a husband and wife. They are your average happy couple, except for the fact that they just so happen to be recently deceased.
Yes, that means they are ghosts throughout the film, who call on a “bio-exorcist” called Beetlejuice in order to get the annoying new “human” owners out of their house. Do you remember it now? Well, the Beetlejuice 2 you have been waiting for may be coming sooner than you think.
For the last couple of years, writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have been working on a screen play for Beetlejuice 2. Plus, it looks like Michael Keaton is getting ready to reprise his role as Beetlejuice.
So, will the sequel actually happen? While there has been no official announcement there has been a lot of talk recently. Michael Keaton and Tim Burton are both having a lot of success right now. It has been rumored that both for them really want to work with each other again.
So, this would be the perfect time for an official announcement. However, so far everything has just been speculation. As far as us Beetlejuice fans are concerned if there is a Beetlejuice 2 it needs to be excellent and not disappoint as we have waited for almost 27 years for this Sequel.
Aside from being the author of the mega best selling Game of Thrones series of books George R.R. Martinn is also a bit of a cinema buff and even owns his own movie theater in his hometown of Santa Fe that Terry Richardson got to check out first hand when he made an appearance at Martin’s recent get together.
Now Martin, incensed at Sony and all of the major American movie theater chains for being too afraid to screen The Interview, has offered to screen it himself. In a recent Livejournal post the author expresses his dismay at what he calls the “corporate cowardice” involved in the decision to shelve the film, contrasting it with the old Hollywood that released Charlie Chaplin’s anti-Hitler comedy The Great Dictator in 1941. In the post he invites Seth Rogen and James Franco to come down to Santa Fe and host a premiere there.
Some other independent theaters have attempted their own brand of defiance in the wake of the terror threats against The Interview by scheduling screenings of an earlier North Korea centered spoof, the Matt Stone and Trey Parker comedy Team America: World Police. However even this small sign of rebellion has run into trouble apparently, not from the North Koreans but from yet another wary American corporation; Paramount has allegedly banned theaters from screening that film as well.