[“Tremors”] is a really good movie. That makes no sense to me. That’s why Bacon chose to skip all four sequels. He originally approached the Blumhouse CEO about reviving the franchise as a feature film, but it evolved into an 8-episode TV series.There was a TV spinoff that ran briefly on Sci-Fi Channel (as SyFy used to be called) in 2003, but was quickly canceled. Someone call Finn Carter (who played grad student Rhonda) and Ariana Richards (also of “Jurassic Park” fame), who returned for “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.” I don’t go back and watch my movies but because we were doing this one, I had to go back and look at it. Michael Gross starred as gung-ho survivalist Burt Gummer.We don’t know yet if Gross, Ward or original star Reba McEntire will be back, but it seems like Gross has never said no to a “Tremors” project yet. Posted June 27, 2017 by Sharon KnolleKevin Bacon will face-off with underground monsters once again as he revisits his role in 1990 B-movie “Tremors” for a new SyFy TV series.In the 27 years since it came out, it deservedly gained cult status (we watch it whenever it’s on TV, which is just about every day), but when it came out, it bombed big time. That is not a good career move,” he told Screen Daily.But now that the TV landscape has changed, he and producer Jason Blum are shooting a pilot for SyFy. It’s just the idea of this loser who is living a very ordinary life and has an extraordinary experience with these monsters and becomes, for a moment, a hero.”Fred Ward returned for the first sequel as did Michael Gross, who’s been in every “Tremors” film, but Bacon nixed the idea, until now. But he’s now excited to return to the role of handyman-turned-monster-hunter Valentine McKee.Talking to Screen Daily at the the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Bacon said, “It’s the only character I’ve ever played that I was interested in exploring 25 years later. I am not going to make another movie that’s not going to do well at the box office. “I was like — why would I make a sequel of a bomb?
New Leaf10. Do What You Got To Do11. Survival System2. From Syria to Chicago, Ukraine to Jamaica, we endure, we survive. Praise Jah12. Keep Dreaming Ours meaning mankind, it’s that human thread worldwide that give us endurance to make it through financial hardships, personal struggles, health issues, war crisis, abuse, we all survive. Table Turn9. We documented our stories while delivering messages of survival through music..” – EarthKrySURVIVAL 6/30/171. Move On4. Live Good6. Liberation Time8. SHARE / Jun 27, 2017 09:20 am
EarthKry “The Making of Survival” was recorded and edited by Georgiana Chitea (reggaelize.it) at Tads Recording Studio and Harry J Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.” SURVIVAL songs were written by experiences, these are our daily stories. Mini-Documentary: Reggae Band EarthKry, The making of Debut Album “Survival”
As EarthKry prepares for the release of their anticipated “Survival” debut album June 30th, and a summer tour kicking off on International Reggae Day, July 1st, the reggae band has taken fans and music lovers into the making of their inaugural anthology. Wild Fire7. Philosophy3. Wake Up and Live5.
We saw the Broadway show “Waitress,” which was amazing. I’ve been exploring writing. We do our own Sunday Fundays. So I think that’s something that I’d like to do in my future. We go to bed earlier each year. It was of course nice to have time off, and I got to spend a lot of time with family. Yeah, just going back to seeing theater, and spending time with family, and enjoying wearing some nice winter coats.And you have a filmmaking background, right?Oh yeah. So yeah, last year was a wonderful year between “Grease” and Season 3. We saw plays together. There’s less alcohol each year. [Laughs] They’ll be like, “You’re not good at playing yourself having your sh*t together.” I’m only good at playing f*ck-ups.The fanbase of the show is so devoted and into it. It was really nice. We’ll see. But we still get together.Who’s the one that shows up and has their escape plan made, and who wants to keep the night going?I’m usually the last person at the party — with Chris [Gere]. And she was in a play, so I got to support her and see her in a play. We get together all the time. You could tell we’re all getting a little older. Posted June 27, 2017 by Scott HuverFor three seasons, Lindsay Jillian has been arguably the absolute worst-behaved of the generally misbegotten characters populating FXX’s hipsters-who-hate-love-in-love comedy “You’re the Worst,” but Kether Donohue’s hinting that her role may finally be turning things around — or at least going from “worst” to a just “awful.”Donohue joined Moviefone for a spirited chat, including a tease of Lindsay’s new leaf in Season 4 (and the actress’s minor job insecurity at the prospect of playing a kinder, gentler Lindsay), plus some facts about her filmmaking background and what real-life Sunday Fundays are like when the show’s cast gets together.Moviefone: Were you excited when you wrapped to have some time off and then get bored and get ready to go back?I feel like I’ve become such a workaholic, and I feel so at home when we’re working. I could always count on Chris to like do that with me. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to see “Dear Evan Hansen.” I left before I could see it. I remember at that time, I made a short film, a semi-autobiographical film about what it was like growing up with my father who is a Vietnam War veteran, and it was really special. It’s nice to think that we played a small part in helping some people out.Have you guys in the cast had an equivalent of a Sunday Funday out together?Totally. I don’t really get to see my family very much any more in New York.But I’m excited and eager to go back to work … In college, I really gravitated toward directing. On hiatus, also, that was something I was thinking about. What’s been fun about interacting with people, either on social media or when you’re at the grocery store?What I love is the authenticity and the depth that our fans are willing to share with us. I went to Fordham University in Lincoln Center, and I majored in communications and media studies, with a concentration in film. He’ll hang around, but he won’t take it too far. I had my first fitting yesterday, and we got the scripts. On this hiatus, I just took a little rest bit.What was fun about New York having been away for a bit?Aya lives there, so I got to see her a lot. It was just really nice to see people open up like that. Des [Borges] is kind of in the middle. For example, when Gretchen revealed that she was depressed, I was floored by the genuine tweets, and Instagram posts, and comments about fans opening up about their own depression, or someone in their family that has depression. I remember it played at a GI Film Festival, and that was so special.Do you think you’ll make another film soon?Yes. Aya [Cash] usually goes home the earliest. She’s very responsible. Me and Chris run the party into the ground.Did you work in between the seasons?No, you know what? You know what? I took off and I spent a lot of time with family in New York, because I haven’t seen them in a very long time. Over the years, we’ve gotten a little more prudish about it. I’ll probably get fired! It’s a good feeling of getting geared up for the shoot.Having now read a little bit of what’s coming up in the new season, can you tease anything at all?I will say, Lindsay has her sh*t together a little more.What?!So that’s all I’ll say!That must be fun to figure out how to play.Yeah. Me and Chris are always the last people at the party.
Posted June 27, 2017 by Alana AltmannIt’s been 20 years since the beloved Julia Roberts favorite “My Best Friend’s Wedding” hit theaters, and you probably still have “I Say a Little Prayer” stuck in your head.The classic rom-com was released June 20, 1997, and earned some critical acclaim and box office success. Cameron Diaz became a household name after playing bride-to-be Kimberly Wallace to perfection, after Julia Roberts suggested her for the part. It’s hard to imagine the movie without Julia Roberts as the lead, but the role of Julianne was originally offered to Sarah Jessica Parker. A TV reboot was in the works for ABC back in 2015, which picked up where the movie left off. Julianne was supposed to end up in the arms of a new beau in the form of John Corbett, but that ending didn’t test well with audiences. Probably not. Unfortunately, the project didn’t get off the ground.9. It catapulted Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett to fame and solidified Roberts as one of Hollywood’s most popular (and bankable) leading ladies.Even though Julianne Potter’s last ditch efforts to win over her BFF before he ties the knot to someone else are morally questionable, we still can’t get enough of this delightful romance. Sequel? It was a global box office smash, too, ranking eighth among the highest-grossing films of the year.7. After the studio tested the film, he ended up being so beloved by audiences that the producers gave him a bigger part.4. Enter Rupert Everett to say the day! 1997 was a major standout year for summer blockbusters, and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” was one of the year’s top-grossing films. Rupert Everett’s role as George was originally supposed to be much smaller. Julianne and Rupert dance together, which made the final cut.5. Here are nine things you (probably) didn’t know about the film.1. A Chinese remake of the film was released in 2016. Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett both earned Golden Globe nominations for their performances and the film was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.6. In 2001, producer Jerry Zucker said there were talks going around about the concept of “My Best Friend’s Divorce,” which would find Kimmy and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) on the verge of a split, but they couldn’t make it work.8. The film was nominated for one Oscar — Best Original Musical or Comedy Score. SJP turned it down to work on a little TV show called — ahem — “Sex and the City.”2. Cameron’s real-life bestie, Drew Barrymore, also read for the role of Kimberly.3.
You can register for all five sessions, or just individual sessions. Email marketing is the No. Rather than being driven by trends (or what your friends are doing), we’ll look at how you can make the best decision for you. Click here to register for individual session
Session II (8/8/17): The Author Website: Your Most Important Storytelling Opportunity. I’m delighted to announce I’m offering a month-long master class in author platform this summer, in collaboration with Writer House in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is an in-person class only, held on Tuesdays in August from 6 p.m. 1 overlooked means of reader engagement when authors evaluate their overall platform. This session will cover best practices of email design and content, strategies and tools for securing sign ups (to pop up or not to pop up?), as well as what email service providers to use. Click here to register for individual session
Session IV (8/22/17): Social Media for Authors: How to Make It Worth Your Time. Time is one of the most precious resources anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this social media stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different needs and phases), we’ll talk about how to quantify your activity on social media, analyze its impact, and make the best choices for the short term and long term. For writers who want to see their online writing and activity pay off, it requires some high-level and strategic thinking about who that writing is meant to reach and who you want to attract over the long term. Click here to register for individual session
Session III (8/15/17): The Email Newsletter: Your Most Important Engagement Tool. We’ll also touch on the basics of search engine optimization. Being able to directly reach your readers, or most avid fans, is a powerful capability that every author should have. Learn about best practices for design and content, the most important areas to focus on (what do visitors see first or most often—and how can you take advantage of that?), plus valuable online strategies to help grow your career. Click here to register for individual session
Session V (8/29/17): Content Strategy and Content Marketing: How to Attract Readers to You. Writers are often baffled by platform because it’s seen as a marketing and promotion mindset—antithetical to the artist mindset. to 8 p.m. Most authors have heard about blogging, but they don’t have a clue what it means to develop a content strategy or participate in a content marketing effort. This session will look at key strategies and principles for producing content in a way that’s productive and even monetizable—and how to think beyond the blog and beyond the book to the different ways you can deliver your writing to readers. However, there is a way to approach platform that isn’t about selling, but rather understanding human behavior—including your own! Thankfully, it’s easy to get started with e-mail newsletters, and it doesn’t require technical know-how. Whether your website is one day old or ten years old, you want to make sure the resources you’ve put into your site will pay off with more readers, more sales, and more opportunities for your career. Session I (8/1/17): The Art and Business of Platform: A Working Philosophy and Approach. Here’s the registration page. We’ll discuss how you can make informed and meaningful decisions about how to best spend your time, and what advanced platform-building looks like for an established author. Session descriptions below; don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the class. During this session you’ll learn what it means to have a focused, consistent, and meaningful effort over a long period of time, in way that doesn’t exhaust you, but leads to finding high-quality readers who love what you do.
They’ll give the 1986 movie a modern-day update as we again watch Nola Darling — this time played by DeWanda Wise — navigate her late 20s, including her art career, friendships, life in Brooklyn, and three lovers.The teaser is only 15 seconds long, but it gives us a hint at all of that, plus reveals the premiere date. Posted June 26, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongFans of the classic Spike Lee film “She’s Gotta Have It” will have something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: the premiere of the comedy-drama adapted to series.Thanks to a new teaser, we now know that the show will arrive on Netflix on Nov. Watch below.In addition to Wise, the cast also includes Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Anthony Ramos, Chyna Layne, Ilfenesh Hadeara, Margot Bingham, Sydney Morton, and Joie Lee.”She’s Gotta Have It” hits Netflix this Thanksgiving. The series will premiere with 10 episodes, all directed by creator Lee, who also produces. 23.
Posted June 26, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIdris Elba is all that stands between normalcy and hell being unleashed.In a first look at Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,” released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday, we see quite the battle between Elba and his on-screen nemesis, played by Matthew McConaughey. In addition to Elba and McConaughey, the cast also includes Katheryn Winnick, Tom Taylor, and Claudia Kim, among others.”The Dark Tower” is based on King’s popular book series of the same name, and it hits theaters Aug. The preview shows a battle between good and evil, but it takes a unique approach, made all the more interesting by its talented stars. At the same time, however, the Man in Black (McConaughey) is equally set on toppling it and bringing chaos and death. 4. As the trailer shows, Elba stars as Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who is determined to protect the Dark Tower in order to keep the universe together.
22.[via: Jeff Franklin/Instagram; h/t: Deadline] Stars Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) will all be back, among many other returning stars. That date is significant because it coincides with the 30th anniversary of the debut of the show’s predecessor, “Full House,” which Franklin also created. As in the first two seasons, expect John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky), Bob Saget (Danny), and Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) to occasionally drop in.Look for “Fuller House” Season 3 on Netflix starting Sept. Apparently, he plans to have a drink that night in honor of both the anniversary and the sequel series’ Season 3 premiere — and he probably won’t be the only one.September 22, 2017 — the 30th anniversary of the debut episode of FULL HOUSE, and SEASON 3 of FULLER HOUSE drops on Netflix. Posted June 26, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongCue the “aww” track: “Fuller House” Season 3’s release date has been revealed, and it marks a special day in TV history.The Netflix sitcom’s creator, Jeff Franklin, shared the news Monday on Instagram, letting fans know that the next season of the family comedy will begin streaming on Sept. I’m having a drink that night!!A post shared by Jeff Franklin (@fullerhouseguy) on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:37am PDTJust what “Fuller House” Season 3 will explore has yet to be unveiled, but more heartwarming adventures from the Tanners and friends are always welcome. 22.
“Conjuring 3” would be the seventh film in the burgeoning, successful franchise. Wan himself is likely too busy to direct “The Conjuring 3,” as he is currently in production on “Aquaman,” which is due in theaters in 2018. However, original “Conjuring” director/writer/producer James Wan probably won’t return to sit in the director’s chair. In addition to the two original flavor movies, it has yielded the spinoffs “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun,” and “The Crooked Man” (which is in development). Posted June 26, 2017 by Kelly WooEvil spirits are apparently a renewable energy, as there is another “Conjuring” movie on the way.Deadline reports that New Line Cinema is working on “The Conjuring 3,” with “Conjuring 2” writer David Leslie Johnson on board to pen a sequel in the hit horror movie franchise. “The Conjuring” movies follow paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) as they help families experiencing hauntings, evil spirits, and other poltergeist-like activity.
Posted June 26, 2017 by Kelly WooSpider-Man isn’t so new to the Marvel-verse after all.Tom Holland, who plays teen Peter Parker in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” confirmed a long-held fan theory about Peter’s first introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Holland himself debuted as the character in “Captain America: Civil War,” but a younger version of Peter appeared way back in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” In that movie, there’s a scene where a little boy wearing an Iron Man mask faces off against a killer robot. He would be the right age, the Expo was held in Queens (Peter’s neighborhood), and he’s a big fan of Iron Man.Now, Holland has confirmed that theory. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) flies in at the last second to save the boy, and then tells him, “Nice work, kid.”Fans theorized that this kid in the mask was Peter Parker. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.””Spider-Man: Homecoming” opens in theaters July 7. It’s cool. “It is Peter Parker,” he told the Huffington Post.He added, “I can confirm that as of today.
And he spends quite a bit of time explaining “Light of the Seven,” the haunting piece he wrote for the beginning of the Season 6 finale, leading up to Cersei’s trial.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres July 16 on HBO. For instance, Theon didn’t get a theme until Season 2, though he’s been part of the series since the pilot.The composer also discusses the instruments he uses, including a didgeridoo for the wildlings. There’s no new footage from Season 7, alas, but it’s interesting to listen to the composer explain the process of making the music that powers the show, including the expressive themes that accompany major characters.Djawadi notes that he introduced character themes slowly, since there are so many characters and it might’ve been confusing. Posted June 26, 2017 by Kelly WooEvery fan of “Game of Thrones” can hum the iconic title music, and that’s all due to composer Ramin Djawadi.HBO released another behind-the-scenes featurette in its “Inside the Thrones” series, and this one focuses on Djawadi’s award-nominated work.
We discussed how the comic kind of just like goes from zero to 60, and it kind of hurls you into it and tells you a lot of info very quickly. So we definitely amped up the action throughout the whole season.Rogen: Also, to us, one of the most exciting things is kind of like the different tones the show is able to take on. Like there are characters in the show who are doing things that would, as much creative freedom as movies have, it would be pretty tricky to get some of that stuff by, and on TV right now, they’re letting us do it.So it’s not just from a narrative standpoint, from a content standpoint, bizarrely, there’s a lot of things in the show that I watch and I’m like, “We’d have a hard time convincing a movie studio to let us do that.”On the logic of launching the first season as a sort-of prequel to the comics and revealing how Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy ended up road-tripping together:Goldberg: That was a conscious decision from our conversations with Garth and Sam Catlin. He’s expressed that he really likes the parts of the show where we do that. I think if you read comics, it’s not that crazy, a lot of the ideas. And Garth is very involved, and reads everything, and sees everything. And it’s very sad. But ultimately, when I look at it, I think it’s a lot cooler. Can you be somewhere in the middle?Again, a show where the themes are kind of heaven and hell, and angels and demons, not the theme, but players, that’s very inherently something that we talk a lot about. It’s meant to feel a little bit off, but also real. But if you’re just someone who watches television and don’t read comics, they’re pretty, like, out-there ideas.So we tried to be aware of that, and to kind of slowly build up to some of the things that if you’re a comic book reader, you can just accept. It is almost a version of America that is entirely gleaned from pop culture. I feel lucky that we got to spend a little bit of time with him. Even if you later realize you were evil, can you redeem yourself? Sometimes logistics dictate those decisions, but it’s again, really taking ownership over it, and knowing, “Okay, we’re a TV show.”You watch the best TV shows, and even sometimes their visual effects are like dicey at times. Rogen and Goldberg, of course, went on to become two of the entertainment industry’s most in-demand multi-hyphenates, writing, producing, directing and, in Rogen’s case, starring in a slew of high-profile films, including “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” and “This Is the End.” And it wasn’t long before the childhood friends were able to leverage their show biz success to bring “Preacher,” which others has previously struggled to adapt for film and for television, to AMC along with former “Breaking Bad” writer-producer Sam Catlin, with a first season that was undeniably faithful in character, spirit and tone to the comic book but also distinctively original in the place that it started its story.As the series enters its second season, Rogen and Goldberg offered a glimpse into their creative intentions and process as they continue to try to capture the essence of the comic book’s epic mix of darkly funny heightened violence and its more pointed moral and spiritual underpinnings while still trying to seed new surprises and make the best version of a way out-there TV show that they can.On skewing more closely to the original setup of the comic book in Season 2, while still going off in original and wildly distinctive directions:Seth Rogen: There’s no one episode, I don’t think, that really reflects any one issue with the comic. Yeah, I think stylistically especially, me and Evan have become to feel like we, as far as the show goes, are trying to help usher it in the right directions. But as far as the dialogue, and the specific scenes, he’s very much the custodian of that.Comic-Con last year was the first time we spent a couple days with Garth, basically. They still, the writers still take a lot of creative freedom as far as just trying to make the best TV show that they humanly can. It’s the version of America that you get from watching TV, and movies, and beer commercials, and seeing cigarette ads, and watching Westerns.I don’t know how real it is, honestly, because I’ve spent very small amounts of time in churches in small towns in Texas. But I understand that’s a thing. Garth’s got to sell those comics, he’s got to get everyone hooked. It’s able, we hope, to be funny, and kind of ironic almost, kind of winking to the camera sometimes, and then sometimes very scary, and very thrilling, and shocking.We thought, if there was a way to kind of do all those things before the credits even started, then that would be very challenging, but hopefully, again, show the full range, almost, of what the show’s able to do tonally, in like one little five-minute chunk, basically, to really show, oh, it could be funny, it could be scary.You really don’t know what’s going to happen, and that, again, to us, was one of the most exciting things about the show, is that you really, hopefully, have no idea what’s going to happen.On the tricky aspect of nailing a tone that veers between violence and comedy:Rogen: Self-awareness is key, I think, when swinging between tones. It’s not as jarring, if you’re the type of person who’s geared towards that anyway, and we tried to be aware that the people who watch this show, hopefully, are not just people who are instantly able to throw themselves into these like completely alternate universes, with completely alternate rules, and very large kind of world-building ideas. Also, it never shows the preacher preaching. It really interests us. It was honestly like, if we had just like unlimited resources, there’s a chance it wouldn’t look like that. But I know, cinematically, it rings true from what I’ve grown to understand as the cinematic reality of what that is. The fact that you can straight up have something happen in Hell, characters in Hell, from Hell, and you can do whatever your mind can conceive of that — or Garth’s mind.Rogen: But when I watch the show, not just on a story standpoint, on a content level, we do things that we’d have a really hard time getting away with in a movie. That’s what the general feel for me was, and always been about the comic and the show. evil:Rogen: I think one of the major themes of the show is good versus evil, and what is that? Yeah, to explore his relationship with God a little bit more was something that we thought we could do. But we have a bit more time.Rogen: Hopefully! We grew up in a big city in Canada.Goldberg: I see a football game at a high school and there’s like hundreds of people there watching. I think that’s how it was written and conceived of, and that’s how me and Evan approach American culture in a lot of ways also. Yeah, I think it is beginning to take the shape a little bit more of the comic. No evil person really thinks they’re evil. “It was always the thing we were trying to make ever since we were able to try to make things.”It was a dream they were able to see through to fruition. We just wanted to start with something really shocking, and intense, and exciting, and not wait one second to kind of give people a taste of what this season’s going to be like, and how it’s going to be a little different. It’s the universe. This season is maybe closest it’s ever been this season. I think that’s one of the reasons that we’re able to spend so much time working on it. It blows my mind.Rogen: It blows my mind! It would have actually been like a cool “Fast and Furious”-style car chase. So that is kind of how it is. That puts us at ease in a large way, because we know that he condones it, and likes it.He’s encouraged us to kind of go crazy and take big swings. We are not the most expensive TV show on television, so how do we try to do whatever we want, and never tell the writers to limit themselves, and then to really think, “How do we do this in a way that shows self-awareness, and hopefully, plays with the tonal expectations of what people are watching?On the show’s outsider-ish view of America, given their Canadian roots, the European cast, and the creator’s Irish background:Rogen: It is, like, kind of a fantasized view of Americans. Sam [Catlin] really runs the writing of the show, and we share opinions, and we talk to him a lot, especially at the beginning, just, again, to kind of talk about the big ideas. Is that even a thing? And really trying to take as much ownership over that as possible, and really trying to have all the conversations necessary with everybody to navigate that.With like the car chase, yeah, that was something that like, as we were filming it, we kept saying, “We want it to look bad” — because mostly, we weren’t able to afford a good one. It was great. Really, really taking the time to think of how the audience is going to be perceiving any given moment of what they’re watching. That is the one directive that they put in front of themselves is, how do we make the best TV show?Evan Goldberg: People were always trying to make a film out of it, and it is like a flawed mission because it just is too big a thing. Really, intellectually, it is nourishing to us.On Season 2’s wild opening scene:Goldberg: We worked on that with them in the beginning in the writers’ room, and the idea was kind of to — we wanted to start right where we left off, but immediately make it feel quite different. So we were like, “If we can’t take five days and film a good car chase, let’s take half a day and let everyone know that we are not trying to make this look good” In fact, the other way, we’re really indulging kind of like the fun cheesiness of it, which also served the story, because in that moment, it’s kind of like, it’s all come together in this fun, perfect moment.We just had a lot of conversations about it. I think to some degree, we’ve started — in this season, especially a little bit more — to take ownership over the show. So I could write that into a movie. What’s weird, as you said, and through that, it is kind of taking the shape of the comic book a little bit more. He really seemed to like the show, and I think was, as Garth was, in shock that it was happening, and seemed very happy it was happening. There is pop culture references to celebrities that are of our world, but there’s also brands and things like that that are not of our world … I think that is why it does have this kind of comic book feel to it, because it isn’t 100% a real reality.It’s kind of a manufactured reality, and hopefully the characters are real, and the emotions are real, and all that’s real – the dynamic – but the world itself is not meant to feel like entirely authentic. But when “Preacher,” the hyper-violent, darkly hilarious supernatural series by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon was released by DC Comics’ edgy imprint Vertigo, it rocked their whole world and left a lasting mark on the future Hollywood players.”If you ask either of us what our favorite comic was, always it was ‘Preacher,'” says Goldberg. That’s what our perspective of America is: a little off.On taking creative ownership of the “Preacher” mythos, even though they didn’t create the original material:Goldberg: We don’t even let people say Garth’s name anymore [Laughs].Rogen: I cancelled his flight last night. We thought, in order to ground the show, we would have it built up to some of that stuff.On good vs. Posted June 26, 2017 by Scott HuverSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were just 13-year-old kids in Vancouver in 1995 and had already fallen hard for the comic book form.
The show centers around Sonequa Martin-Green’s First Officer Michael Burnham, who is the first human to attend the Vulcan Science Academy. She also has a notable mentor in Spock’s father, Sarek (James Frain). Those and all remaining episodes will stream weekly on CBS All-Access. But showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. That choice leads her to a different ship, the Discovery [helmed by Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs] and there we begin what Gretchen and I call our ‘second pilot.'”And since Burnham is the first lead character who isn’t a captain, she’ll provide fans with access to different parts of the ship.”The advantage to her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view,” Berg explained. Berg are finally opening up a bit about the initial storyline that viewers will see when the show debuts on CBS All-Access this fall. “It’s a fresh feeling because we’re not on the bridge all the time.””Star Trek: Discovery” premieres September 24 on CBS with two episodes. Posted June 26, 2017 by Kelly WooTwo ships, two paths, one officer with the fate of the universe in her hands.The plot of “Star Trek: Discovery,” the new series in the space franchise, has been kept under wraps. Her life has “been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path,” Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. “When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh].And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe.
New Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos says he wants to make more movies based on Hasbro toys; besides “Transformers,” Hasbro playthings have also yielded the “G.I. — it’s going to have to make do with these. Few Hollywood movies are — or will be, going forth. But while “Extinction” saw domestic earnings plummet from “Dark of the Moon’s” $352 million to $245 million, it saw foreign earnings vault from $771 million to $859 million. So far, their current franchises are “Transformers,” “Star Trek,” and “Mission: Impossible,” all of which are aging fast. In fact, among the top ten domestic hits of 2017, only two, “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Get Out,” earned more here than abroad.Still, it’s sort of funny that Paramount added Anthony Hopkins to the “Transformers” ensemble in “Last Knight,” as if the venerable Oscar-winning actor’s presence would bring in older or more highbrow audiences. “Rings,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” and “Baywatch” all looked like flops based on their North American earnings, but they all made a ton of money elsewhere, with somewhere between 58 and 87 percent of their sales coming from abroad. It’s no wonder that China is now the linchpin to the success of virtually every Hollywood blockbuster.At a reported production cost of $217 million (before an aggressive and costly marketing spend), “Last Knight” was an expensive movie to make. The “Transformers” movies may have seen diminishing returns in North America, but they just keep getting bigger abroad. $123.4 million of that, or 63 percent, comes from China — which is insane. 2,” and “Wonder Woman,” have earned the majority of their money overseas. And if you’re an American or Canadian who’s not a fan — well, these movies weren’t made for you. Joe” films for Paramount, as well as the successful “Ouija” horror series at Universal. No wonder there are three more “Transformers” movies in the works, including Bumblebee’s spinoff.Even without Bay, they should make money — not just from foreign sales, but from merchandising. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gary Susman”Transformers: The Last Knight” had the box office all to itself this weekend, and yet, even without any other new wide releases, it still failed to impress.True, most movies would kill for an opening weekend estimated at $45.3 million, or a five-day total (the movie opened Wednesday) estimated at $69.0 million. So the overseas take now accounts for three-quarters of the franchise’s ticket sales.That figure has held with the release of the new movie, which has already earned an estimated $196.2 million abroad. (Meanwhile, let’s all pretend that massive duds “Battleship” and “Jem and the Holograms” never happened.)It’s worth noting that all the other studios are using the same foreign-dependent strategy. Until the studio comes up with some new ones — “Baywatch” sequel, anyone? “Age of Extinction” was the first film in the series to earn more than a billion worldwide. After all, the last installment, 2014’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” premiered with a $100.0 million first weekend. Lots of 2017 movies that underwhelmed domestically, including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Universal’s “The Mummy,” have raked it in abroad. “Rings” and “xXx” ultimately earned back several times their cost in worldwide grosses, while “Baywatch” has earned back twice its cost and may well be profitable by the end of the summer.Reviving old franchises — and mining the vault and Viacom partners for new ones — is a priority for Paramount, which lacks many of them. But with $265.3 million earned in its first five days, the movie could find its way to profitability, once all revenue streams are accounted for — even after you account for marketing and distribution costs (more than $100 million) and the theater owners’ share of the grosses (about half).That worldwide success means a lot to Paramount, a studio that’s lost money in recent years. (This is why Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise get to keep starring in movies, despite the meh response to their films in America.)Even this year’s biggest domestic hits, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. That marks the franchise’s largest opening ever in the Middle Kingdom and the fourth-biggest debut in history for a Hollywood film in China. As the scathing reviews (just 15 percent at Rotten Tomatoes), the unenthusiastic word-of-mouth (a tepid B+ from CinemaScore), and the weak domestic box office numbers suggest, “Transformers” isn’t bringing in any new fans, at least not in the U.S.But if you’re one of those core fans, congratulations: your fandom will be rewarded by at least three more installments in the “Transformers” universe. Indeed, that’s just about where pundits expected the franchise’s fifth installment to debut.But the “Transformers” — and director Michael “I demand things to be awesome!” Bay — have higher standards. Critics have never liked these movies, but now, everyone else seems to be getting tired of the giant-robot films, even Bay, who’s all but insisted that “Last Knight” will be his last “Transformers” movie.And yet, there’s reason for Paramount to celebrate (just a little) — and reason for it to go ahead with its Bumblebee spinoff due next year: Overseas box office. In 2016 alone, it claimed a stunning loss of $445 million, about a fourth of which came from writing off “Monster Trucks” as a flop four months before it opened. Yikes.Even so, despite a slate of movies that fizzled at the domestic box office in 2017, overseas grosses are slowly helping put Paramount back into the black. “Last Knight” marks the lowest debut in the series’ ten-year history.This is more bad news for Paramount this year — the studio is in a costly slump due to such expensive flops as “Monster Trucks,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Baywatch” — as well as for the franchise and its director.
And then … Like us on Facebook. Jon was declared King in the North, after a spontaneous rally led by Lyanna Mormont. It’s not even Jon’s doing that he’s king. Jon never even tries to be in power anywhere, he just gets assigned the top job everywhere he goes. All she wants is the respect of her brother, and she feels like she’s not getting that. But would she go dark against Jon? Hmmm. It stands to reason there might be some friction there, at least on her end, even without Littlefinger whispering in her ear (and you know he’ll be trying to use this for himself).”She definitely feels left out,” Sophie Turner told Express. That sounds more lone wolf than part of the pack. That’s what Melisandre is for.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. Hopefully she changes her mind on that. Even Jon Snow said she should be the lady of Winterfell. She feels like she deserves the title of Queen in the North. on HBO.[via: Watchers on the Wall]Want more stuff like this? (Maybe with help from Arya?)Turner had previously said Sansa might do some power trippin’ in Season 7, and be even more of Dark Sansa. Whether that means going a bit dark… Great promotion for Jon, frustrating pass-over for Sansa.Sophie Turner has been teasing up the Sansa/Jon dynamic as we approach Season 7. Fair enough!She’s very strong and steely this season. Probably not. you’ll have to see.””In it for herself”? Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneDon’t hate the playa, hate the game.Sansa Stark had the ultimate mic drop moment in “Game of Thrones” Season 6 when she got to end Ramsay Bolton, after her letter to Littlefinger brought the needed reinforcements to win the Battle of the Bastards. #likeaboss And sometimes he gets stabbed to death by his own people, but whatever. She’s in it for herself. “There’s a little bit of jealousy there.
That is pretty traditional. Like us on Facebook. A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.”This spate of cancellations just shows that even Netflix is not immune to the instant success-or-failure meter that plagues TV. After canceling “The Get Down” after one season, and “Sense8” after two, the streaming service just made it a hat trick with “Girlboss.” Variety confirmed the news, first shared on Instagram by Sophia Amoruso, played by Britt Robertson in the one-and-only season, which was based on Amoruso’s best-selling memoir “#GIRLBOSS” about the founding of her Nasty Gal fashion brand.Here’s what Amoruso had posted (you can see screen grabs at HollywoodLife):”So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. No, I’m not a dick. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. If fans don’t show up right away, in large numbers, you may not get a chance to build an audience or finish the story you intended to tell.Want more stuff like this? Yes, I can be difficult. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”FYI, she did not like that HollywoodLife deemed her statements to be “shade” at Netflix, ’cause she followed up with this:Saddest #TV news of the day : #Girlboss canceled by @netflix after creative differences w/ @SophiaAmoruso.(@Variety) https://t.co/0vJObAZgvMpic.twitter.com/cQk12A40rR
— Christophe GREUET (@ChristophGreuet) June 25, 2017″Girlboss” streamed as a comedy, with all 13 episodes posting April 21.Earlier this month, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos addressed the reasons for cancelling “The Get Down” and “Sense8”:”Relative to what you spent, are people watching it? It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt used to be rare for Netflix to cancel series, now it’s on a savage tear. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. When I say that, a big expensive show for a huge audience is great.
Back in 2015, Entertainment Tonight asked another Pixar writer, Pete Docter, about the theory that Andy’s mom was Jessie’s previous owner. got married and had his own son, Andy Jr. Many years later, Andy Sr. The interesting thing is that we’re now on ‘Toy Story 4,’ and still stuff that we discussed in [the original] ‘Toy Story,’ twenty-something years ago, those ideas are still being used. his father is dead. #Iwastherehttps://t.co/06j37YKKt2
— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 24, 2017
Sigh. As a child, Andy Sr. They don’t know their original owner is dead; Andy lives on in his son.”It’s a powerful and believable story. Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Another Pixar story debunked. But Andrew Stanton — who co-wrote all three “Toy Story” movies and directed several Pixar films — shot it down:Complete and utter fake news. was diagnosed with polio, and his toys were destroyed — except for Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneThere’s a fascinating (and very sad) story wandering the Internet sharing the supposed backstory of Andy’s dad in “Toy Story.” It comes from a semi-reliable source, but an even more reliable source has nixed it as “complete and utter fake news.” That doesn’t mean it’s not a decent story — and considering we’re talking about imaginary animated characters, you can go ahead and think it’s “true” if you want — it just shouldn’t be accepted as Pixar canon.The story was shared in a video, with toy product designer and reviewer Mike Mozart saying the late Pixar head writer Joe Ranft told him the secret of Andy’s father.According to the story, Andy’s dad was also named Andy and was the original owner of Woody. As Docter told ET:”You know, John Lasseter was the director on that, and we talked for hours about backstory — and we have our own kind of backstory that’s a little different than that. contracted Post-Polio Syndrome. Nothing to see here, folks. Potato Head wake up from their slumber, see Andy Jr., and believe he’s the kid they grew up with all those years ago. Andy forgets about the chest and the key, only to open it after the funeral. Like us on Facebook. Everyone go back to your homes. Potato Head, whom Andy managed to save by hiding them in a box under his bed. Here’s the end of the story, as relayed by io9:”Then, you’ve got their final moment, which rivals the first 10 minutes of ‘Up’ for heartbreaking sadness. And then Andy Sr. Andy’s father calls Andy over to his bedside, giving him a key from his wallet and telling him to go bring down a chest in the attic. Andy heads up there and grabs the chest, but by the time he returns downstairs… Apparently that wasn’t quite right either. So it just seems to be a very evergreen kind of story and a lot of stuff just keeps bubbling up, so it’s very interesting.” “Toy Story 4” is scheduled for release in 2019, and it’s possible it will share some official backstory.Want more stuff like this?
Hmm. Filled with surprises. #SpiderManHomecoming
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) June 24, 2017Spider-Man: Homecoming is a blast. Tons of fun. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s not news when critics love a Marvel movie, but they don’t always all-caps love anything like they “LOVED LOVED LOVED” “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Congrats, Underoos!The early “Homecoming” reviews are in, with critics posting general thoughts on social media before the embargo lifts and they can release official reviews.No matter what, this puppy is going to make serious coin, but it sounds like it’s also going to be a major crowd-pleaser, and further boost the career of young Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). Trust me. — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) June 24, 2017Michael Keaton gives us the best MCU movie villain since Loki. Does an impressive job of balancing superheroics & high school drama. Like us on Facebook. It has an innocence that differentiates it from the other MCU movies but plenty of fun & spectacle too. — Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 24, 2017Flawless? Perfectly cast. But not for the reason you’d expect. Tom Holland = ???????? pic.twitter.com/Ei4Yc0ZQoi
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) June 24, 2017#SpiderManHomecoming is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/8cxce4OmHi
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 24, 2017As a huge Spider-Man fan who hated both AMAZING SPIDER-MANs, I am so happy to say SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is really fun. Want more stuff like this? Han (@ajhan) June 24, 2017#SpiderManHomecoming is one of the best Marvel movies and the best Spider-Man movie, period. A Spidey movie for EVERYONE! Going to make insane $ at box office. @MarvelStudios & @SonyPictures got it RIGHT! don’t.Check out some of the early critics’s reactions:Also Spider-Man Homecoming has one of the best after the credits scenes yet. No one would dare leave before the very end of a superhero movie, but in case you were tempted to rush out before the crowds … Funny. Plus, what’s up with the credits? So completely terrific, a true crowd pleaser. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr., and it opens July 7. — Eric Walkuski (@ericwalkuski) June 24, 2017Spider-Man: Homecoming is endless fun, from the first second to the last. That’s setting a high bar, but we’ll see. — Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 24, 2017HOMECOMING is the BEST #SpiderMan movie since Spider-Man 2! Maybe better. Stay till end. — Angie J. Flawless. pic.twitter.com/uTAf5rM7ga
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 24, 2017I would say it’s the best after credit scene EVER #notoversellingit
— The Rogue Juan (@juanmadpelicula) June 24, 2017Absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Spider-Man Homecoming.
When I failed, the failure wasn’t as important as the next steps I took. The capitalist pursuit of passion is the new horrible form of enlightenment we’re told to chase. What activities or interactions do you value or prioritize on a daily basis? Shouldn’t I be? Or did you always want to work in publishing? As someone who has probably listened to too much Alan Watts, the answer didn’t come as a surprise, maybe because Watts encourages you to peel back every layer you have to find yourself, to help you realize that there’s no “there” there—the Buddhist belief that there is no self to find. (Time stops; you’re in the flow.)
These questions pave the way to a happier or more satisfying life. If you don’t have a passion, you may be closer to the truth of who and what you are than anyone else. Patterns emerged. Circumstances and serendipity dictated a lot of early life. I recognized and built on my strengths. (There’s a reason, and don’t feel guilty about it.)
What activities or interactions do you most look forward to, anticipate, and hope for more of? In Zen, students are given koans—a puzzle or a problem to solve—that’s meant to bring awareness, or literally wake you up to the true nature of life. Photo credit: pirate_renee via Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND
Here’s a word I have eliminated as fully as possible from my information and advice lexicon for writers: passion. Is that properly termed passion? The truth is: I have no idea. I’ve also met many who seemed unable to do anything but write, to the detriment of their health, families, and/or long-term financial stability. You’ve probably heard a koan even if you don’t recognize the word. What if I fail at my passion? Ask:
What are you avoiding? Is that properly termed passion? They seek some external validation that they’re not wasting their time. Endless books and courses advise people on how to turn their passion into a full-time career, and I meet many writers who say they are (finally) returning to their “passion for writing” after long careers in business, finance, real estate, law, and other occupations commonly chosen for financial stability. Is that properly termed passion? And in the current cultural moment, the word has become ever more fraught—it’s tinged with a value judgment, that there’s something wrong if you haven’t discovered your passion and found the way to make it into your career. They made bad decisions for little in return, in the name of becoming a writer or being recognized as one. Looking at myself, I have always felt rather boring when faced with the quintessential questions from an interviewer that look for the origin story, e.g.: When did you know you were a writer? Such people I can’t discourage. There are also people who show up at the desk every day and treat their writing like a profession, who are willing to bend their work to the market, to be entrepreneurial and ensure that they earn a certain dollar amount per hour. You don’t have to be Buddhist to take a page out of its book and set this particular anxiety aside. Forget about passion; go for self-awareness instead. But is this really my passion? Yet, at the same time, such writers ask for an evaluation on whether it’s worthwhile for them to continue pursuing this passion. What activities can you get lost in? This is partly why I avoid the word “passion.” It is an excellent way to stoke someone’s anxiety: What if I’m not pursuing my passion? A popular koan: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
A koan of my own, that’s been on my mind for the last decade: “What is passion?” And also: “What is my passion?”
I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t have a passion.
“The Last Knight” carries an estimated $217 million production budget.This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. “This is Focus’ third collaboration with Sofia and she’s created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera.”And Kumail Nanjiani’s critically adored romantic comedy “The Big Sick” should earn $435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations — that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far.”Kumail and Emily’s true story provided audiences of all ages a much-needed alternative to the summer blockbusters,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ distribution chief.Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, and holds onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. Together, the team works together to save the world. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman — a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3″ also looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. This weekend, it should earn an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America by Monday.”Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. Posted June 25, 2017 by ReutersBy Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES, June 25 (Variety.com) — It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty.As of Sunday morning “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” remake from Focus Features played at four theaters this weekend, and should gross $240,545 with a strong per screen average before it expands to over 500 locations next weekend.”We’re thrilled by this opening,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ distribution president. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it — it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.”The Last Knight” was uncontested at the box office this weekend, but a few indie releases showed traction. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager — who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014’s “Age of Extinction” — and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $25 million. The projected international cume through Sunday is $196.2 million, powered by $123.4 million in China.”The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue — Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.” In China, the big-budget action sequel made $41 million in its opening day alone. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007.