Monthly Archives: June 2015

NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

Many people know Donald Trump as a multimillionaire who has declared bankruptcy multiple times says Ivan Ong. A man who has famously ridiculous hair, yells at would be entrepreneurs on the Apprentice, and announced his candidacy for President by insulting the immigrants upon whose backs this country was built. He’s a caricature of how many Americans see the rich and the elite. As an older, out of touch many who simply doesn’t understand the world the way it is.

Not everyone sees Trump as a laughingstock. Nearly two weeks after the remarks Trump made during his presidential election speech, NBC Universal has decided to cut ties with the aging celebrity by firing him from the Apprentice, as well as the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Aspiring beauty queens have nothing to worry about yet. As of now, the pageants will still go on, they just won’t be televised- at least by NBC. The Celebrity Apprentice will still air, but Trump will no longer be apart of the show. Despite the fact that Trump has been a major part of the show since its inception, he does not own the rights to the show, and NBC can do what they like with it.

Trump claims that he ended the relationship with NBC, although he admits that it was due to a disagreement over immigration. In his official statement about the end of his working relationship with NBC, he lambasted them for their views.

Dinosaurs and Animated Creativity at Its Finest Rule at the Box Office

Movie fans always love to read about the weekend box office numbers when they come out. How did their favorite do and what about the competition? Sam Tabar said that there were certainly some big players out this past weekend jockeying for the coveted top spot for the weekend gross. “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” were returning to go head to head with the new release of “Ted 2.” Considering that “Ted 2” just came out this weekend, it had a pretty poor showing against both returning films. While both of them did well, only one can be number one and that was “Jurassic World” for a third weekend in a row. The theatrical event marking the return of dinosaurs to the big screen not only clobbered all comers this weekend but in only three weeks of release, it has already grossed more in total than “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has in nine weeks.

The latest iteration of the dinosaur franchise has certainly done better than anyone could have anticipated given the marginal performance of the first two sequels to the original blockbuster “Jurassic park” in 1993. The Pixar animated comedy-drama “Inside Out” has put in a very respectable second weekend performance as well and appears to be another hit for this creative studio. All this competition between big film studios is certainly giving moviegoers a ton of enjoyment for the price of a ticket, and the summer is only partly underway.

Are People Too Sensitive These Days?

Although Jurassic World has made over $500 million in three weeks, there have been complaints about the film having sexist and racist tones.

Anger over sexism started after a clip showed a seemingly weak lead female character being berated and mocked by a strong male character. After it was explained that the characterization was out of context, most of those who were angry decided to wait for the handy film to be released to make a final judgment. Thankfully, it didn’t promote too much sexism as originally feared, but then Hasbro released Jurassic World dinosaur toys that were only male even though the original film, Jurassic Park, made it clear that all of the dinosaurs are female. Additionally, the products are described as toys for boys.

On top of these issues, the mostly white cast refers to one type of dinosaur, the Pachycephalosaurus, as “Pachy” or “Pachys” throughout the film. Some people from India were offended as “Paki” is a racist slur against them.

Are viewers being too sensitive?

Obviously, the clip and toy line prove that women aren’t as valued in relation to Jurassic World as boys and men. As for the “ethnic slur,” there does appear to be some over-sensitivity in play since the abbreviation is a logical one based on the way scientists often abbreviate long names by using only the first few letters.

Luke Spencer Exits ‘General Hospital’ After 37 Years

After 37 years on the daytime soap “General Hospital,” actor Anthony Geary has filmed his last scene on the show.

The 68-year-old actor wrapped up his final episode as “Luke Spencer” on Tuesday and it’s a role he’s played since 1978. During that time he’s won eight Daytime Emmy Awards.

The romance between Luke Spencer and Laura (played by Genie Francis) became a pop culture phenomena in the early 1980s. Luke and Laura’s wedding episode in 1981 remains the most-watched episode in daytime television history at 30 million viewers. Madison Street Capital can hardly believe that is the case when looking at Facebook posts.

“I’m excited to raise the curtain on Act 3, to reinvent myself in my new home to pursue whatever opportunity there may be. It’s an exciting prospect to me,” Geary told Entertainment Weekly after filming his final scene. “They’ve done a wonderful job of wrapping up the character. So this seems like the ideal time to go.”

Chrissy Teigen opens up on “Meredith”

Model Chrissy Teigen recently made an appearance on the chat show “Meredith” where she sat down to talk to host Meredith Viera about things going on in her life.

The 29-year-old model, who is married to singer-songwriter John Legend, revealed that the couple are hoping to start having children soon. Chrissy said that she would like at least four and go from there. The couple would love to have a “brood” together. While there, she also discussed her upcoming cookbook as well as her body image. Back in April, Chrissy had posted photos of the stretchmarks on her skin, which most people such as Crystal Hunt attempt to hide in shame.

Chrissy is also the co-host of “Lip Sync Battles” that airs on Spike TV. She helps LL Cool J keep the show running as celebrity guests compete against each other to win the coveted belt at the end. Chrissy even showed off her skills on “Meredith” when she went up against the host in a lip sync battle singing “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

For the full story, check it out on People.com.

What Movie Does Channing Tatum Hate?

Many actors and actresses perform in movies that they can look back and call a work of art. It’s not every actor or actress that will love the movies that they have performed in, but it’s rare if they criticize the movie. The Channing Tatum Interview. Channing Tatum has been in many movies over the years, such as “Coach Carter,” “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street,” “Step Up” and more. Channing has captured the hearts of many women because of his beautiful face, and he is easily the first pick for a lot of movies.

Channing had signed a three movie deal with Paramount Pictures, and he wasn’t sure which movies he would have to be in. UnofficialNetworks suggested that Channing was put in the movie “G.I. Joe,” and that is the only movie he absolutely hates. It’s unbelievable that Channing could hate his own movie so much, but he gives reasons why he disliked the movie. He was forced to do the movie out of contractual obligations, the movie plot and script was awful, and he just hated the entire experience.

Channing did a recent interview where he admitted how much he hated the G.I. Joe movie. The worst part about the movie is that a part two of the movie was made as well. G.I. Joe seemed to be something that would be very popular, but many who watched the movie criticized it for it not being a very good.

Writing Wikipedia Articles in Your Spare Time

 

The internet offers people many chances to engage in activities that they enjoy doing. People find that they can get online and communicate with others in many varied ways. Someone may want to play games online with other people, speak to people around the world to find out about life in other countries or share pictures of their family with friends and distant relatives. Some people also like to get online and share what they know with other people who may share their specific interests and hobbies. People who are able to share what they know with others can learn more about their passions and increase their own understanding of a given topic.

One of the best ways to do so is via a site known as Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a widely used website that people consult many times each day. A typical article posted on Wikipedia may be read by thousands of people in a given time frame. Many such articles will also show up high in the results of a search. This helps the articles and the site gain even more visibility and increase the influence of the site as a source of good information.

People who want to to make a Wikipedia  articles may be pleased to discover just how easy it is to do.  According to Getyourwiki.com, Many articles on the site have been written by users in their spare time. A person may want to write a few articles on a topic they find interesting such as Tudor history or only a single article on an area they know much about such as scientific <a href=”http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000941″>research</a> in order to help set standards for that topic such as knitting with a specific type of wool. This can allow users to help influence commonly accepted knowledge that may not be widely known by the public at large.

In this way, someone can write an article and have it viewed by others. They can also learn from others and use their knowledge to help collaborate on an article for the site. Many articles on the Wikipedia website have been seen by many other users. Users are able to correct any mistakes they find on the site via a simple editing process. They can also change the text of many articles on the text in order to help make sure that the article is much more accurate or meets the Wikipedia guidelines more effectively.

The New Independence Day Film Gets A New Title

The science-fiction extravaganza Independence Day was a massive hit when first released. The old 1950’s concept of an alien invasion film was considered really old hat. The hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office Independence Day earned proved that notion to be wrong. Shockingly, an immediate sequel was never made. After many years, the long-awaited second film has finally gone into production. Now, it has a new name beyond the dull Independence Day 2 moniker. The film is called Independence Day Resurgence. Mashable.com says the title change is, honestly, really good from a marketing perspective.

A lot of younger audience members never saw the first film. Since there weren’t three or four sequels made, fans memories have to date all the way to the one and only Independence Day film. By changing the name, the new feature does not come off as a direct sequel. Instead, the new entry appears to be a standalone film related to events of an earlier feature. (Mad Max: Fury Road followed this strategy) Newer audience members won’t feel that they missed something when weighing options to buy a ticket.

The studio does not want any potential audience member choosing to wait until the mega-budget film is released on DVD so he/she can just rent both films and watch them back-to-back. The studio wants to see a lot of tickets sold globally when the movie first comes out.

Since science-fiction is fairly hot at the box office and many are looking for alternatives to superhero spectacles, Independence Day Resurgence should do fine at the box office. How much of a hit the film turns out to be remains to be seen.

‘Inside Out’ Sets a Record of Its Own

Like many record books across several different industries, the movie business is packed with technicalities that take several different qualifications into consideration. The fact remains that a good movie is a good movie, and Alexei Beltyukov pointed out that audiences have a way of flocking to great films regardless of what else is going on at the box office. So while the dinosaurs of “Jurassic World” were romping into the wallets of movie audiences across the globe, another more subtle record was being set by an animation company.

According to Screen Rant, “Inside Out” from Pixar Animation Studios managed to achieve the highest grossing opening ever for an original film with a $90.4 million performance domestically and $132 million globally. While short of the dinosaur record of “Jurassic World,” the effort from Pixar proves that audiences, families in particular, are hungry for quality films that do not contain a set character cast from previous films. “Inside Out” is the second best opening ever for Pixar because “Toy Story 3” earned a $110 million domestic opening.

The news that original films, and animated ones at that, can still draw serious box office cash is a great trend for the movie industry. With a few more high profile animated releases still to come in 2015, movie studios are likely relaxing just a little bit. Many are probably hoping that the goodwill earned from these early summer releases lasts into the fall, but Pixar already seems to have a magic formula of success.

The Last Ship Makes Action-Packed Promises

The promo for The Last Ship’s Season 2, Episode 3, “It’s Not a Rumor,” reveals a lot of new action for TNT’s summer hit series.

Chandler tells the crew at a Navy base about how they all waited a long time to get to this point. Then a jet flies overhead.

The narrator calls the series a summer “blockbuster” and promises that the season is “just getting started.” Chandler says, “Fire!” and a missile launches, a helicopter leaves the White House and a boat leaves the ship.

Virus survivors are told their numbers are increasing and that they’re the “chosen.” Then the doctor who is a carrier is shown stated Google Plus.

A man in a suit tells Chandler that someone’s vision is to create a human race that’s “strong enough to withstand any plague.” Gunfire and hand-to-hand combat is shown in a hospital and a search and rescue operation is aborted after the crew is attacked.

Chandler is shown shooting while driving and another character explains how people were executed. Chandler is shown crying and Dr. Scott asks him to kill whoever these people are when he finds them.

The last scenes show a submarine taken over by the “Immunes” cult, the USS Nathan James about to take a hit and the suit guy telling Chandler that the “he” won’t give up until the “ship and cure are at the bottom of the ocean.”