Dying With Pride

Dec - 19 2014 | 1 comment | By

When someone is terminally ill and knows that there is likely no chance at survival, then what is so bad about letting that person die with dignity?  It might be a difficult decision for the family, but as long as the patient understands, the patient should be able to live the last days of life as peaceful as possible. Sultan Alhokair says they shouldn’t have to suffer through pain, causing more pain for the family who sees the agony. While it might be considered suicide by some, it’s a way for a patient not to deal with the pain of an illness that might debilitate that person to a point where there are numerous medications given and tubes connected simply to prolong life.

North Koreans will View “The Interview” via Ballooned DVD Copies

Dec - 18 2014 | 1 comment | By

A deluge of comments about the freedom of expression began the moment word got out that Sony Pictures cancelled the opening for the movie “The Interview”. Sony decided to pull the film from release after their computer systems were hacked and a threat of terror on any theater that chose to show the film. The United States government determined that it was not a valid threat, but Sony and theaters were not going to take any chances.

On the other side of the picture are the North Korean people who will have access to the movie via a balloon that will drop copies into the country. The smuggled DVD copies will not reach all the people; however, bootleg copies will be made and sent to anyone who wants to see it via cellphone.

The Human Rights Foundation, based in New York, is working with Fighters for a Free North Korea to send the ballooned DVD copies in to the country. . Among some of the things that have been ballooned into North Korea are flash drives, posters from Hollywood and pamphlets about political ideas. In the meantime, people in the United States have shrunk back in fear over a terroristic threat because of a movie that was less than obscure prior to the cancellations, a fact that Andrew Heiberger still can’t believe.

Pixar Making Up for Lost Time with ‘Finding Dory’ & ‘Inside Out’

Dec - 16 2014 | 1 comment | By

Though the animation giant is far from forgotten, few words have come from Pixar since the release of their wildly successful blockbuster “Frozen”.

With nothing on the docket in 2014, PIXAR is making up for lost time with two new blockbusters set to be released next year. “Inside Out” and “Finding Dory” promise to thrill movie-goers of all ages, even those at BRL Trust. They’ve given a few details on the plot so people know what to expect when the films get released.

“Inside Out” will focus on Riley, an 11-year old who is trying to adjust to life after moving to San Francisco from the Midwest. The movie will focus on her emotions, Fear, Sadness, Anger, Joy and Disgust.

Riley’s parents will also play a major role in the movie, with their emotions being portrayed as well. The bottom line? It’s a movie about growing up and the hope is that it will entertain both kids and adults.

“Finding Dory,” is of course the long awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo”. In the sequel, it’s Dory who is off on adventure, trying to locate her family. Instead of taking place in the ocean, the movie is set in the Marine Biology Institute of California.

 

Michael Keaton not Jealous of Ben Affleck, “I am Batman”

Dec - 16 2014 | 1 comment | By

WIth how big the superhero craze has become in the world of modern cinema, it is hard to believe that it really got off to a hot start a couple of decades ago! A director by the name of Tim Burton, who you may have heard of, got Michael Keaton to star in his adaptation of the classic caped crusader comic book series, Batman. The original ‘Batman’, which released in the late ’80s, featured Keaton as a more neurotic and low key version of the classic hero. Since then four other mega Hollywood stars have gone on to play the famed hero: Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck. Do you think Keaton is jealous of any of them? Think again.

When Ben Affleck as tabbed with the role of filling in the cowl, fans went even crazier. How could Ben Affleck bring what Christian Bale brought? It turns out that maybe the tone of the conversation is all wrong. Instead, fans should be wondering how Affleck can ever live up to Keaton’s standards, is what Brad Reifler had said.

Michael Keaton, who recently starred in another sorta-superhero film ‘Birdman’, was interviewed about the direction of the Batman franchise and his role in its evolution.  He went on to say that he wasn’t jealous at all of Ben Affleck. The reason? With a laugh Keaton admitted, “Because I am Batman.”

College Student Works to Repay Homeless Man

Dec - 16 2014 | 1 comment | By

A twenty-two year old college student is taking to the streets in an attempt to pay back a homeless man who helped her in her time of need.

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen was returning home from a trip to Preston city center when she realized that she had lost her bank card, from what Terry Richardson told me about the original story. With no money, she was unsure how she would pay for a taxi ride back to Leyland.

When Dominique realized that she had no money, a homeless man approached her and offered her all the money he had, which equaled £3. Although Dominique didn’t accept the money, the gesture touched her deeply.

Now, Dominique is looking to help the homeless man who reached out to her in her time of need. Using Facebook, the college student found out that his name is Robbie and that he has offered to help countless people.

Over the next twenty-four hours, Dominique is going to hit the streets and live as a homeless person so she can see what Robbie goes through. Dominique has started an online campaign to raise money to help Robbie get back on his feet.

Dominique is overwhelmed by the response that she’s had, and says that even Ian Brown from the Stones Roses has stepped up to gain support for her project by posting on Twitter.

The Inevitable Minecraft Movie Hits A Stumbling Block

Dec - 16 2014 | 1 comment | By

Sorry, we couldn’t resist the pun. If we didn’t let a pun through once in awhile, our staff would get writer’s block. There, we did it again, we just can’t block them out. Anyway, plans for the upcoming Minecraft movie have hit a roadblock as Shawn Levy has turned down the offer to direct.

Not that he doesn’t dig the premise, but he feels that he’s not the right person to mine this media franchise. The block-buster game has become one of the most popular entertainment franchises ever, with a fan base branching to both young and old alike. However, the structure of the game, which is an open-world sandbox where literally anything can happen, doesn’t lend itself very easily to a story.

Tom Rothman reports in the Hollywoodreporter that Levy details that his best idea would have been a scrap of an adventure story set loosely within the Minecraft universe. That’s the problem with the game is that Notch and the Mojang company he founded never intended the game to have a story, or even a linear progression. It’s more of a world simulator; you get dropped in the middle of nowhere and then you start punching trees.

Tom Rothman: An Amazing Hollywood Career

Dec - 14 2014 | 1 comment | By

For most people who graduate from college and become English teachers, the last thing they expect is for them to wind up as a Hollywood executive. However, that’s exactly what happened to Tom Rothman. From humble beginnings as an English teacher and coach of soccer and lacrosse, Tom found his way to Hollywood and has a list of accomplishments few people in the industry can match.

Currently the head of TriStar Productions, Tom has played a large role in bringing some of the most well-received and highest-earning films to the silver screen. In fact, the list of films Tom has been involved with reads like a list of the greatest films ever made. Titanic, Avatar, Cast Away, Black Swan, Walk the Line, X-Men, Waiting to Exhale and many others have had Tom at the helm, working with some of the most influential actors and actresses in Hollywood including Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Will Smith and many others. Working with such acclaimed directors as Steven Spielberg, Tom’s films have been nominated for over 150 Academy Awards while winning the coveted Best Picture Oscar three times along the way.

In addition to the films he has been associated with, Tom has also had a hand in helping to develop some of television’s most popular programs. While serving as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000-2012, he was responsible for the production and distribution of such popular shows as Modern Family, Homeland and the wildly successful Glee. One of the few executives in Hollywood who has had the Midas touch with both the silver screen and small screen, Tom has demonstrated a unique ability to establish great working relationships with the many actors and actresses involved in the productions. Along with this, he also has a keen sense of what the viewing public wants, and has been able to produce extraordinary results every step of the way.

While establishing relationships with people is one of Tom’s greatest strengths, others also point to his willingness to help others in the industry gain valuable experience that allows them to climb the Hollywood ladder of success.  Tom is also a big believer in equal opportunity for everyone, and has been a strong proponent of women advancing into positions of leadership in Hollywood. In fact, his mentoring of many women executives led to all four of Fox’s major film production divisions being led by women, which was a Hollywood first.

As Tom continues his amazing Hollywood career, the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony is excited for many more fantastic films and television shows coming to theaters and living rooms.  For more information on Tom Rothman, check out his official website or you can follow him on Twitter.

Spider-man in Captain America:Civil War

Dec - 12 2014 | 1 comment | By

Sony pictures was recently hacked by an unnamed attacker and many Sony e-mails have been coming out. One of the e-mails had to do with the upcoming Marvel movie, Captain America Civil War.
Apparently, Marvel has wanted to add Spider-man to its movie empire for several years now and was using the new Captain America movie as a chance to bring the webbed crusader to the Marvel world. Spider-man was extremely important to the Civil War storyline in the comic books and it appears that Marvel had an equally important role for him in the movie version of the story. Sony did not agree to the deal.
Sony has been struggling with what to do with Spider-man ever since “Amazing Spider-man 2” struggled at the box office. Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez doesn’t know what they exactly have planned. The web slinger has been a part of the Sony empire for more than a decade. Sony pitched a trilogy of Spider-man films to be developed at Marvel and distributed by Sony recently, but those conversations did not go anywhere.

 

Sony pictures plans on holding a summit to decide the fate of the Spider-man universe in January. Hopefully, more answers will come out of that summit.

Precious and Weird Collections

Dec - 11 2014 | 1 comment | By

While many collect the usual suspects such as playing cards and postage stamps, there are many others who choose to collect more esoteric things. Have you ever known people with weird collections? It seems that collecting fountain pens is a new trend.

It has so many followers that the number of products is smaller than the number of customers. It is not just the average fountain pen that is required. People want either vintage or brand ones.

Items designed by Montblanc or Dunhill can cost as much as $800-$900. Fakes have been spotted though. Yes, imagine that the industry is so developed that there are specialist who can check the authenticity.

The vintage fountain pens are harder to fake because you can’t make an item have that old clumpy look and make it look worn at the same time.Collector Mark Ahn explains their passion for fountain pens is based on the possibility to choose styles of writing, on the fact that they make specific sounds when you write on paper.

The smell of ink can also be found pleasant. In the era of fast technologies, they wan to have the possibility to take it easy.

George Lucas: Avoiding the “Force Awakens” Trailer

Dec - 11 2014 | 1 comment | By

Scores of people have seen the trailer for the new Star Wars film. George Lucas is not one of them.

Should it though? Anyone remember when Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted on TV and William Shatner issued a terse “I didn’t see it” to the press?

Lucas is not helming the project, but he is not saying anything negative about it. He’s just telling the truth. He hasn’t seen the trailer yet. The rationale behind his attitude is pretty simple.

He wants to wait until the film hits theaters so he can watch it on the big screen. Lucas hinted he is “old school” and would not be interested in looking at the trailer on a DVD screener or YouTube. (100 million people have watched it online) Lucas would enjoy seeing the trailer for the first time on the big screen. Honestly, that is the best way to see the trailer.

Lucas was also asked if he was interested in seeing the new direction J.J. Abrams takes the film. His response was “Not really.” Is Lucas being coy with the press? Only he knows for sure. But I’m sure that even prominent businessmen like Igor Cornelsen would agree that Lucas staying hush about the whole thing brings a new level of intrigue to the project, which could be good news for the film.

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