Lex Luthor Heading to Comic-Con

The days of printing off a few posters and putting a simple teaser trailer on television or in front of a few movies to serve as an effective marketing campaign for a movie are pretty much in the past. These days, multimedia approaches and years of saturating the appetite of fans are necessary to move the big budget blockbuster films into the box office. Promoting a movie is no longer a simple task, and giving fans a taste of things to come seems to help films generate buzz moving toward the release date.

With “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” expected to be one of the biggest films of 2016, at least one of the stars of the film will making an appearance at the massive marketing blitz knows as San Diego Comic-Con. According to Screen Rant, Jesse Eisenberg, who will be bringing Lex Luthor to life, will be ready to whip fans into overdrive during the panel for the hotly anticipated movie.

Movies getting stars to make special appearances at events like Comic-Con is not a new concept. The stars and the characters are what audience members like Jaime Garcia Dias seem to be craving all the time, and Eisenberg already has a strong following. With the next installment of the DC Comic movies set to be a huge picture launching several new characters, any help in the marketing and buzz generating area can only be a positive. Plus, this could be a career defining picture for the veteran actor.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: New original Villain

The lovable foursome will be back with a follow up film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and they will not be alone. The turtles will be joined by the dumb duo Rocksteady and Bebop along with the hockey mask villain Casey Jones played by Stephen Amell. Also Baxter Stockman will tag along being played by Tyler Perry and Brian Tee will star as the new and improved Shredder.

 

Last but not least, one of the more classic and important villains in the TMNT series will make his first big screen appearance, that is indeed the one and only alien General Krang, also known as the disembodied brain. This rumor was reported by Cinema Blend who stated that he is brought into the movie arriving on earth from his home planet. Some of the studio images were posted until they pulled them.
One of the biggest concerns for this second movie according to Ivan Ong is for improved villain personality and spunk. The first movie had plenty of the turtles and a lack of villain’s personality. The true challenge will be to combine the comedy factor along with a great story line so that it doesn’t come off cheesy. Overall this film should be a great continuum to the first one and hopefully second in a long list to come of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga.

Furious 7 Soundtrack – Wiz Khalifa & Iggy Azalea

We are all extra excited for the release of Furious 7 especially after Paul Walker’s untimely death during the filming of the movie. Fans miss the actor and cannot wait to honor him with the viewing of his last film and find out how the movie was finished. We can get a sneak peak with the movie’s soundtrack which was recently released. One of my favorites is “Go Hard Or Go Home” by Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea. This duo by the two of the top music stars of today is fantastic and fits right into the movie’s style that we loved so much in the past 6 films stated Ricardo Guimarães BMG.

According to UOL.com the soundtrack also features “Get Low” by DJ Snake and Dillon Francis. All the songs on the soundtrack are and will be great but “Go Hard Or Go Home” brings out the speed lover in you. This is why we all adored the Fast and the Furious movies from the beginning. For a couple hours, you can pretend to be a total adrenaline junkie. This is exactly how this song makes you feel all over again.

Check “Go Hard Or Go Home” by Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea here. If you were not already super stoked for Furious 7 to come out, you are now after hearing this song. Make sure not to miss the release date of Furious 7 in theaters on April 1, 2015.

Third Wolverine Movie May Have Crossovers

Hugh Jackman may have Wolverine crossover

Actor Hugh Jackman is best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movie franchise. He will continue to be known for this role now that he’s essentially confirmed to be returning for a third Wolverine movie.

Jackman has been a key part of the X-Men franchise for the better part of the last decade, and has gone on to state that he feels that the next movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, will be a prelude and lead into the story of the next Wolverine movie. Fans at Rocketfuel (Twitter.com) have heard that  James Mangold, the director of 2013 movie The Wolverine is also returning to direct this film.

Aside from directing the movie, Mangold has discussed having Patrick Stewart return to his role as Professor Charles Xavier in this movie. In addition to this, there also comes the possibility that Wolverine, along with the rest of the X-Men franchise, could crossover and become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself, given the news that Sony and Marvel Studios have struck an agreement that allows for Spider-man to be part of their universe. If X-Men does indeed make it into the MCU, then other franchises could be sure to follow.

The Wolverine 3 doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but likely will happen a year after X-Men: Apocalypse comes out, which is scheduled for 2016.

The Believable Digital Humans of John Textor

John Textor is a leader in innovation across wide array of technology platforms within the entertainment industry. As the current chairman of the Pulse Evolution Corporation, he is uniquely positioned to direct the course of a variety of venues. His resume and previous accomplishments reveal a passion for visual effects and in particular the extended use of believable digital humans. He continues to do big things as a producer and extends the boundaries of what is visually possible.

At his old job as acting chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Productions, he was responsible for the leadership of his team which produced visual effects for 25 large scale feature films. The Hitcher, The A-team, Tron: Legacy and Flag of Our Fathers were some of the films that Digital Domain contributed to during his tenure. Perhaps most notably was the digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which allowed audiences to suspend disbelief to the realistic digital creation. That film has opened a new era for believable digital humans. Multiple academy awards and Clio advertising awards made their way to his desk during his tenure and Digital Domain Productions took its place again as a leader in visual effects in feature films.

A digital Tupac Shakur hologram is another one of the interesting breakthroughs that John Textor was able to parlay into his portfolio of lifelike humans. Combined with a 3d recreation of Michael Jackson and a digital resurrection of Elvis Presley keep the deceased artists living on in the imaginations of all who experienced it. Plans have been considered and may be underway for some of these 3d recreations to perform a full concert in the future. John Textor understands the complexity of such an undertaking, but he will almost certainly get it right if it does get rolled out.

Top Ten Flicks Of 2014

 

San Francisco Live has released their list of top movies of 2014. They range from psychological thrillers like Gone Girl to sci-fi fantasy Interstellar. If you are looking for a heartwarming drama, you can check Bill Murray in St. Vincent where he portrays a war veteran who befriends a neighborhood kid, and they build a very unique friendship. If you are anything like Dr. Rod Rohrich and comedy is more your speed, then you might to see Obvious Child. A twenty something finds herself pregnant, and you follow her through the trials and tribulations. If you see looking for great kid-friendly flick, look no further than Lego The Movie. This scores big points with your small ones for sure, and will let you unwind a bit while they are fascinated with the animation. Citizen four will keep you on the edge of your seat in this docudrama about the world’s most wanted fugitive.

The Music of the Year

Every year, as December rolls around, “Best of…” lists start rolling out from every corner of the internet. We have seen best movies, best memes, best TV shows, best episodes of TV shows, and the list continues. The “Best of…” list that constantly changes, and reflects our culture the best is the Best Songs of the Year list. This year is no different. Entertainment business professional and digital genius John Textor said it-The music industry is the most influential sector of entertainment on today’s culture. If a musician, sings it, wears it, or dances it, a cultural phenomenon is instantly born. Twerking, Swag, YOLO and “haters gonna hate” are just a few examples of the trends that are defining this generations culture, and they have come from somewhere in the music world. The Best songs of 2014 include many popular and new artists such as Iggy Azalea and her song “Fancy”, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, and Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”. The list also shows the staying power of many artists. Beyonce, Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Weezer and Beck are just a few of the artists that have been making music for multiple generations, and are remaining relevant to the times. The wide range of musical styles shows that what music is popular is not based on genre or style, but on the music itself and how people perceive it. Everything from classic rock, to rap, to R&B to country is represented on this list.

‘Wonkavator’ a Reality – Just Don’t Press the Red Button!

In the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder clambers his guests on board a “Wonkavator” – which he says can go not only up and down, but sideways “and any other-ways you can think of.” Now German company ThyssenKrupp has announced that they’ve brought the humble elevator one step closer to this invention. And it’s done, not with movie magic, but with simple magnets.

The company, which also specializes in the shipbuilding and car industry, says it’s designed the elevator for the requirements of new building designs and higher volumes of passengers. They’ve also expressed the hopes that the new elevator design will save on power and be more economic, since multiple lifts can occupy the same shaft in the new system.

The engineering principle is called “maglev,” a system that bears loads using magnetic levitation for friction-free movement. The technology, which requires high precision engineering and a good deal of computerized control, has so far successfully been deployed throughout the world of high-speed trains in recent decades. This technology really fascinates Laurene Powell Jobs, and she’s anxious to see how well it develops.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Pulls in Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites isn’t much of a name in Hollywood, at least not right now. The young actor is probably most widely known for his work on the underrated Jeff Bridges vehicle, ‘The Giver’. Thwaites is a handsome and young rising star in the business and now he is rumored to be attached to 2017’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. The chance to join such a storied franchise would obviously be huge for an actor on the cusp, like Thwaites.

Right now there is very little going on in the news in regards to the newest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ flick outside of a few wisps of rumor. Marc Sparks has heard a few rumors, while others continue to float around. Javier Bardem has been attached tot he project for awhile now to play the lead villain while Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of iconic Jack Sparrow. Thwaites is possibly going to be stepping in as a sort of replacement Will Turner for Jack: a morally grounded character that can keep Sparrow on the straight and narrow, at least for a little while.

Orlando Bloom’s status on the project may be the murkiest out of all the details. His absence from the prior films has cast doubt about his ever returning but fans seem to want him back, bad. So for now the studio is not closing the door on the idea but with filming approaching they will need to make a decision sooner than later.

Guy Ritchie Brings Us King Arthur

Warner Brothers and director Guy Ritchie will be releasing a six part movie saga about King Arthur. The titles are still in question but we know the first one be subtitled with “Knights Of The Round Table”. We are still awaiting the official name to be released from the production giants.
They are negotiating and auditioning for potential cast members. King Arthur will be played by Charlie Hunnam who played in “Pacific Rim”. Idris Elba was the first choice to play a mentor figure to King Arthur, however the deal did not go through. They are now in talks with Djimon Hounsou who has won an Oscar.
Djimon Hounsou has a very busy schedule for the next 3 years. He has two movies planned for 2015. The Seventh Son and Furious 7. After these films wrap he will play the role as a director for the movie Tarzan which will be filmed in the summer 2016.
Guy Ritchie stays very busy with his own career as a front running Warner Bros. director. He hopes he will continue the magic with “King Arthur” in 2016. He was very successful with his modern version of Sherlock Holmes. He must also meet his high expectations with “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” scheduled for production in 2015.
The movie saga about King Arthur will open to the public on July 22nd, 2016.
The screenplay was written by Joby Harold. Hopefully they’ll get a bold visual director like Terry Richardson. The legend of King Arthur is based on Thomas Mallory’s 15th century masterpiece entitled “Le Morte d’Arthur”.