‘Constantine’ Still Fighting for Second Season

Super heroes are a hot commodity at the box office, but the success has been somewhat mixed on television. One particularly intriguing character that got off to a rocky start with a show on NBC was John Constantine with “Constantine.” Still the series was around long enough for fans to get hooked, and the fate of the character and the show are hanging in limbo. Might need to bust out the Bulletproof Coffee and wait for a decision, as there is not much anyone can do. That is until the show executives pitch ideas for Season 2 to the NBC within the next few days.

According to Comicbook.com, “Constantine” will be available for streaming on Hulu and NBC.com for the next two weeks, and the network will be looking at the ratings to determine whether or not the show gets another chance. While NBC does not have a better partner for “Grimm,” the show about the con-man magician did not perform good enough in live ratings to get a back nine pickup (nine episodes on top of the original order of thirteen).

The ideas for Season 2 of the show could sway the network to give the show another shot, and the fact that it does well enough when overall ratings, including streaming, DVR viewers, and individual episode purchases, are factored. So while fans have been supportive of the show, the fate of John and his band of particular supernatural crime fighters is somewhat hanging in the balance. Even Zed can not see the fate of the show, but fans are probably encouraged by the streaming test.

British Sterling Exceeds $1.50 After Bank of England Minutes Hint Rate Hike

London financiers maintained a hawkish posture on the future of the English economy after the release of the minutes from the first quarter meeting of the Bank of England. The nine member Monetary Policy Committee for the BoE reported that they were taking a balanced approach to managing the growth of the English economy. The committee specifically noted that inflation will have to be managed to a respectable degree and future rate hikes may be possible in the future. These notations triggered a surge in the British Sterling to $1.50 against the United States Dollar. The BoE seems to be following the same play book as the U.S. Federal Reserve which is also managing current and anticipated inflation with anticipated rate hikes in the near future. The monetary polices are in lock step with the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing policy and the Central Bank of China which cut the reserve requirement for its top tier banks, freeing additional capital and also adding new liquidity into the markets for Jaime Garcia Dias to explore on Twitter.

 

While economist stop short of stating that the current actions by the Central Banks are coordinated, they do recognize that the actions are in response to a global view of the financial condition of the world markets and the need to spur growth and development. Economist also note that there seems to be a repositioning of development banking as China is now playing a major role with the founding of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, (AIIB), and the hosting of the BRICS development bank which includes the coalition of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. BoE Minutes Spur Sterling to Above $1.50

Android Logo Urinates On Apple Logo In Google Maps, Wins Internet Today

Google, like the hot guy every girl wishes they were dating, has an incredible sense of humor along with a great work environment.

This is the brand who brought you Google Pac Man, and then brought back the Pac Man game this past April Fools day on their Google Maps app, allowing procrastinators everywhere to play the game around familiar streets for hours. Jason Halpern on The Real Deal played it quite a bit during that day.

Today, a casual observer found an image in Google maps of the Android robot urinating on the popular Apple logo, a la Calvin Hobbes in the late 90’s, although to be fair, those images were unlicensed and were not the work of Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.

There’s a good chance this is all an internet prank, but for as long as it’s up, you too can enjoy the sight of Google challenging Apple to an all-out nerd tech war.

Personally, I vote for a CEO rap battle.

Cavill Talks About Batman v. Superman

The man who now where the red cape of Superman, Henry Cavill, has gone public in an attempt to point out the upcoming blockbuster, Batman v. Superman, is not going to be a sequel to Man of Steel. Rather, the film will standalone as separate project. Why would Mr. Cavill feel tempted to say this? Man of Steel was an “okay” film, but not one of the best superhero projects in recent years. After watching it, no one, including Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG, walked away forgetting the old Christopher Reeve films.

Cavill, Warner, and D.C. Comics probably want people to see the film as both the debut of a new Batman and the arrival of a shared universe. Hopefully, any disappointments lingering over the Man of Steel film will be gone once Superman and The Dark Knight square off.

One way to look at Batman v. Superman is to consider the feature a live-action version of the comic book World’s Finest Heroes. World’s Finest was a Batman/Superman team-up title that allowed D.C. Comics to use its two biggest heroes in a single book that had a continuity mostly separate from the solo titles.

The future slate of D.C. Cinematic Universe films reveals a number of team-up films with established characters and solo films designed to launch new motion picture careers for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, The Flash, and more.

Of course, some of the established characters will receive solo outings. A Batman solo film is in the works. Will there be a Superman one?

Batman Star Defends Amy Adams From David O. Russell

Last year’s Sony hacking attack just keeps on giving. WikiLeaks, the whistle blower site known for exposing secret government and entertainment documents, put thousands of emails and documents from the Sony hack into their search-able archive last Thursday. Among the revelations found in the documents is the fact that on the set of the movie, “American Hustle”, the former star of the Dark Knight trilogy, Christian Bale, came to the defense of his co-star Amy Adams, who was being constantly abused by director, David O. Russell. It seems the former Batman is indeed a real life hero.

Amy Adams apparently wasn’t the only person O. Russell was abusive to on the set of “American Hustle”. It was also reported that he consistently cursed people out in the company of other people and even grabbed a guy by his collar. However, his abuse against Adams was so bad that Bale got up in the directors face and told him he needed to stop acting like an a-hole. All of this was revealed through leaked back and forth e-mails confirms Handy (source from youtube.com).

It has been know for a long time that David O. Russell has had a reputation for being a douchebag to his actors and crew. But the PR has been that he has changed his ways and is much kinder now. The leaked e-mails seem to show that, that isn’t the case.

In this case Amy Adams was lucky to have Christian Bale there to stand up for her.

‘Ant-Man’ Going to Be a Big Film

The Marvel cinematic universe is quickly becoming populated with a number a characters, and this year another new face will be popping onto the massive board. Ant-Man is getting ready to make a huge debut that could tie together the Phase 2 and Phase 3 storylines of several films. One thing seems pretty clear about that kind of task: It is a huge undertaking that represents billions of dollars in box office receipts. Therefore, there is a bit of pressure on the movie.  Many lovers of Marvel including my coworker Flavio Maluf, are already calling theatres for advanced tickets!

According to Screen Rant, this summer’s “Ant-Man” will be a bridge in the massive movie strategy, but it will also bring a classic Marvel to life. The big reason for the film is to introduce a generation of fans to one of the characters that spans generations. Not nearly as popular as Spider-Man or the X-Men, Ant-Man has some pretty serious impact on the development of the superhero genre.

Besides setting up the massive Civil War storyline that will take place in the third Captain America movie, “Ant-Man” has to deliver a relevant character with a certain amount of appeal. Last year, “Guardians of the Galaxy” took a group of little known characters and literally brought the house down, and now Marvel is hoping that Ant-Man will perform a similar task. Given the release date and buzz surrounding the new movie, that task seems as possible as ever. The real factor is how audiences will respond to the face, and it looks positive so far.

Carl Franklin Replaces John Singleton in Tupac Biopic

The Tupac biopic has been in the works for over four years, and there have been talks about a biopic ever since the rapper was killed almost 20 years ago in 1996 stated Kevin Seawright. In addition to all the other usual problems and changes that occur when a movie is in development hell for so long, there is now a changing of the guard on the proposed Tupac Shakur biopic. John Singleton is no longer attached to the product as director, after having a falling out over creative differences with Morgan Creek Productions, the company that is financing and producing the long-awaited film.

Since Singleton left, Carl Franklin has been tapped to replace him as director. Franklin is known for directing the Denzel Washington helmed movies Devil In A Blue Dress and Out of Time, as well as episodes of the Affair and House of Cards. Franklin is considered a well-rounded director who has plenty of experience, but he is not known for being in touch with the rap and hip hop community like Singleton was. Fans are concerned that it will be a mediocre biopic at best.

The movie which has been plagued with problems since the beginning, including a lawsuit over the rights to the story, does not have a script, nor have any casting choices been made which makes it incredibly difficult to say if and when it will ever see the light of day.