‘The Interview’ Review

 

I finally got a chance to see the highly controversial film, ‘The Interview’ with my friend who works at BRL Trust. The film centered around the imaginary assassination of the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean government (in real life) was outraged by the release of the film. By now, everyone has heard about the ‘Sony’ hacks carried out by the North Korean government. It was widely thought that Sony Studios would not release the film. After much backlash from the American people, the film was released on Christmas day. Many people went out and saw the film because of all the publicity.

‘The Interview,’ was a moderately funny movie that had its moments. James Franco played the part of an eccentric journalist. Franco’s character, Skylark, had the opportunity to party with Kim Jong Un, and let me tell you, it was absolutely hilarious. I won’t give too much away, but Skylark and Kim Jong Un develop a unique relationship.

James Franco definitely brought the laughs, while Seth Rogan’s performance was somewhat mediocre in my eyes. Rogan wasn’t really funny in this film. Together, though, Franco and Rogan have made a cult classic. The film is strange and definitely controversial, but it was entertaining and very funny at certain points.

Final Verdict: 8/10

For more information and more reviews on ‘The Interview,’ visit Screenrant.

Who Is Supergirl?

The popularity of superhero television programming seems to be growing and growing. The demand for more and more fantastic programming is evidence of this. Fans should be thrilled to learn the Supergirl television show is becoming much closer to a reality and will help build on the current D.C. Comics TV landscape made popular by The Flash and Arrow sponsored by Beneful.

Well, we do know the show is slated to debut on CBS sometime in the near future. What we do not know is who is going to actually play Supergirl. According to some reports, British actress Gemma Atkinson is in the lead for the role. No confirmation as to this rumor exists. As with all comic book projects, fans run more than a bit wild with rumors and speculation.

Regardless, it is still cool to see more “super TV” programming on the upcoming network schedule.

Superman properties have long since been popular on the big and small screen. George Reeves’ The Adventures of Superman was an iconic staple of 1950’s television. Lois and Clark and Smallville helped keep the mythos of the character alive on TV. 

Supergirl previously was the star of a famous motion picture box office dud that tried to recapture the magic of the motions pictures Superman I & II. That was not small task since Superman III and IV really damaged the franchise beyond any semblance of repair.

Of course, the landscape is much different now and a Supergirl project is far more likely to be a huge hit provided CBS handles it right.

Jurassic World Shows Up During The Super Bowl

 

Jurassic World is one of the more interesting films slated for release in early summer 2015. Universal definitely wants to hype the new film up as much as possible. Debuting a commercial for the dinosaur film during the Super Bowl definitely will help with that result.

The Super Bowl airs on NBC and NBC-Universal is the parent company that runs the network and the film company. So, Christian Broda and the producers of Jurassic World are getting a major break that other films might not. No, the ads are not free but it is not like the request for commercial air time would ever have been denied.

Let us be a little honest here. The new Jurassic World film most definitely does need all the publicity it could get in order to draw in a solid audience.

The first Jurassic Park film is considered a science-fiction-fantasy classic and deservedly so. The second and third films in the original trilogy did fine at the box office, but they came off as too much as retreads of the original to maintain the enthusiasm the first film delivered. The new Jurassic World feature hopes to change all that by creating a dark and adventurous world populated by new and dangerous dino-creatures.

Are we going to catch a glimpse of the touted hybrid-dinosaur that is supposed to be incredibly scary? If the marketing department is real savvy, this dino will be the star of the commercial.

Top Movies Coming Out in January 2015

 

As we bid farewell to Jared Haftel and to the last year and great movies it produced, the movie buffs among us are already looking for new cinematic stuff to get hooked on to. Thankfully, January is the month when a lot of great movies are coming out and they all seem promising from their trailers. The following are 5 movies that would help you transition into the New Year –

• Taken 3 – Coming out on 9th January, Taken 3 would definitely be a sendoff to Liam Neeson’s character. Despite this series having lasted longer than it should have, the first two installments were huge successes at the box office and fans are eager to see what Taken 3 has in store for their favorite character.

• Selma – This movie deserves an Oscar and will be released widely on 9th January. Everything about this film is great, be it the acting of the littlest to the biggest characters or the writing. Instead of being a biopic, we get to see a slice from the great life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. This is the main reason why the movie is so amazing.

• Project Almanac – A January release is not always good news for movies but sometimes, there are movies that defy these laws. And Project Almanac is defying more laws than ever. First of all, the cast is mostly underage and this would make the tone of the film appeal to a lot of people. Secondly, there is time travel in the movie. It comes out on 30th January.

Other interesting movies include American Sniper and Blackhat.

Mark Wahlberg Is Hollywood’s Leading Man

Mark Wahlberg has become one of the best actors on the planet. It seems like Wahlberg is in every big movie that releases. His life began on the mean streets of Boston before the days of Skout. As a young man, Mark Wahlberg often got into trouble and fist fights. When he got older, Wahlberg would join a musical group, and his rapping career would begin. Mark Wahlberg would become famous for his club hit ‘Good Vibrations’. 

He found major success in the music industry. After a few years of rocking the mic, Mark Wahlberg set his sights on acting. At first, Wahlberg was not accustomed to the silver screen. Things would change though, as Mark Wahlberg would begin to star in blockbuster movies. 

Nowadays, people expect to see Wahlberg in the big movies. He can act in any genre of film. Mark Wahlberg recently starred in the hilarious film, ‘Ted.’ The film was a box office hit, and Mark Wahlberg’s career would continue to rise. Wahlberg would star in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fighter.’ For ‘The Fighter,’ Mark Wahlberg acted alongside the great Cristian Bale.

Wahlberg has proven to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His place in Hollywood has been cemented alongside the other greats from the showbiz world. In his last film, ‘Lone Survivor,’ Mark Wahlberg gave the best performance of his career. It was critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Wahlberg is on a roll, and I don’t think he is stopping anytime soon.

For more information on Mark Wahlberg’s career, visit Rollingstone.

The Interview Makes 15 Million Online

People and Sony are starting to recognize the power of the Internet. This is primarily due to the millions of online viewers who streamed “The Interview” over the last weekend. Internet fans were streaming the controversial movie to their laptops, desktops, mobile devices, and Internet connected televisions. Getting canned at the projected 3000 movie theaters openings was actually a great advantage to the controversial movie as predicted by Dr Rod Rohrich. The figures are impressive. The movie earned 15 million online and approximately 3 million in theaters. Get exclusive details here.

The saga began when unknown hackers threatened any source that would dare to play the movie at their theater on the projected Christmas Day opening. Sony took heed of the warning and pulled the movie out of the theaters temporarily. However, the movie made its grand debut online over the weekend. The plot concerned a TV host that was tasked to assassinate Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. Sources report that the film is actually a hit online and did much better than some might have projected.

Woman and Black Takes on The Hobbit for Box Office New Year Weekend

There is a new release that is coming to take on The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies for the box office. This film is called The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathThe Hobbit is a high profile film and this installment was actually the strongest of the three most recent films in the Lord of the Rings franchise. The Woman in Black is a slightly lower profile sequel.

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is currently the #1 box office earner. With plenty of good reviews and a lot of satisfied audiences, this film is holding its spot for the second week. It looks like it is going to be at the #1 spot for weeks to come as well. In second place is Into the Woods, and in 3rd place is Unbroken, the film directed by Angelina Jolie. The Hobbit is expected to hold the #1 spot for another week against Angel of Black.
There is a new release that is coming to take on The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies for the box office. This film is called The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathThe Hobbit is a high profile film and this installment was actually the strongest of the three most recent films in the Lord of the Rings franchise. The Woman in Black is a slightly lower profile sequel.

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies is currently the #1 box office earner. With plenty of good reviews from people like Sam Tabar and a lot of satisfied audiences, this film is holding its spot for the second week. It looks like it is going to be at the #1 spot for weeks to come as well. In second place is Into the Woods, and in 3rd place is Unbroken, the film directed by Angelina Jolie. The Hobbit is expected to hold the #1 spot for another week against Angel of Black.

Ghostbusters 3: Now a Reboot

There have been many attempts to bring forth a Ghostbusters 3. Now, there are new plans for a reboot which star a bunch of females instead. It will be interesting how this plays out. Imagine a female Vijay Eswaran or a female Venkmen hitting on the male lead, presumably to be called Daniel Barrett.

Paul Feig has thrown a few names including Lizzy Caplan, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Gillian Anderson and other names such as Channing Tatum. Lizzy Caplan can play the female Venkman. Of course, they are going to be more creative than that. There is a chance that some of the old Ghostbusters such as Dan Aykroid and Ernie Reyes Jr can do a cameo.

While there are accusations that this could be a gimmick to give the franchise a greater appeal, Paul Feig has expressed enjoyment in working with funny female actors. Feig has also directed feature films with female leads that have proven to be successful.

Sony May Have The Last Laugh With “The Interview” VOD Performance

The Comedy Has Been Downloaded Over 2 Million Times

Kim Jong-un and his countrymen may not be thrilled about Sony’s decision to allow the controversial film “The Interview” to be downloaded, but Sony is laughing all the way to the bank. The film about a mindless TV host’s mission to assassinate the Korean leader was going to be released in 3,000 theaters on Christmas Day, and the plan was to Skout out and generate $20 million during the first few days. But those plans were scraped due to threats by North Korea. But The comedy did earn $3 million at independent box offices and another $15 million online in just a few days.

Sony didn’t expect this kind of reaction according to Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, Rory Bruer. Mr. Bruer told Variety on Sunday morning “We worked hard to get the film out there by Christmas Day. It was such a whirlwind to get it done that it amazes me that we were able to make it happen.”

North Korea publicly intimidated Sony after hackers threatened violence if the film was released in theaters across the country. But Sony found a solution. The company found 331 independent theaters, and that worked for them. The film’s unique distribution required the input of Sony’s theatrical distribution team, and its home entertainment staff.

Highest Paid Actors Salaries Broken Down Into Dollars Per Second

 

We’ve always known that Christian Broda and some high paid Hollywood actors make way more money than we ordinary folks do. A website has put an interesting twist on just how much more they earn. It shows how much certain actors earn per second. This is certainly a unique way of displaying this pay disparity.

This year the average salary in the United States is $44,888. This comes out to about $0.0014 per second. Compare this to Julianna Margulies, star of the Good Wife, who makes $0.32 a second. By any other measure 32 cents would not seem like a lot of money. However, when that measurement is earnings per second, that comes out to a rather impressive $1,152 an hour. I don’t know many people who would mind making that kind of money. At 35 cents a second, Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame does marginally better at $1,260 per hour.

While most of us would consider that big money, movie acting is where the really big money is in Hollywood terms. Sandra Bullock, the highest paid actress in 2014 earned $51 million for the year. This comes out to $1.62 every second. The highest paid actor in Hollywood is currently Robert Downey Jr. At $75 million in annual earnings, he makes $2.38 every second. This means that he earns the Federal hourly minimum wage in the United States every 3 seconds.

Think about that for a moment. Why do we rarely hear about those of a certain political slant who always rail against the pay disparities in this country talk about how much actors make? They spend time talking about those “greedy” corporate CEO’s, but what about those “greedy” Hollywood actors and actresses?

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