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No More Jack Ryan Movies in the Future

Are the cinema adventures of Jack Ryan, the character featured in four very successful films and born of numerous great Tom Clancy novels, over? It would seem this is the case. The new James T. Kirk, Chris Pine, has suggested there are not going to be any more Jack Ryan projects much to the disappointment of Dr Rod Rohrich who is a fan.

You could say Harrison Ford helped restart the espionage genre with his appearance as Jack Ryan in a series of films. Would there have been a serious reboot of the James Bond films had the Jack Ryan projects not been successful? We’ll never know.

What we do know is the $50 million in ticket sales by Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was a huge disappointment. Times change and a simple reboot might not be enough to capture the imagination of audiences. Besides, audiences have a Daniel Craig James Bond series to look forward to every two or three years. (Ironically, Jack Ryan was supposed to be the new James Bond of the 21st century) The Jason Bourne films also provide thrills and spills. 

Then, there is another issue the studios have to accept.

Chris Pine, while a fine actor, is not an established superstar. Harrison Ford is a mega-icon in the eyes of audiences all over the world. The Jack Ryan films were greatly successful in large part due to Harrison Ford’s star power. Pine is not (yet) as big of a star as Ford.

Zenon Movie Had Some Accurate Predictions

In the year 1999 there was a popular movie called “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” The plot was about a 13-year-old girl who was normal in every way, except for the fact that she lived in the year 2049, and in outer space. Zenon Movie. The movie starred Kirsten Storms and Raven-Simone. The movie had many futuristic endeavors that we can actually see in our current world today. Even though the movie is based 35 years from now, many technologies from the movie, is now something that you see in real life.

The show portrayed Zenon talking face-to-face with someone through video chat, and we currently can do that through apps, as well as Skype. Holograms were also shown in the movie, and after seeing the Tupac Shakur hologram perform, it’s obvious that holograms can be created very lifelike today. Both girls from the movie like to wear tight leggings, which is actually something that many girls, and women today, like to wear.

In the movie there were performances in outer space, and according to an article on My Brain Fit Life, Lady Gaga has confirmed that she would be the first person to perform in outer space, but so far it’s been delayed, due to safety concerns. Another memory from the movie with the fact that teenagers had weird ways of talking, which is seen commonly now. Teenagers have made up their own lingo, and text messages are all the proof we need of that.

Ebola Vaccine Trial Temporarily Suspended

Clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine have been put on hold at Geneva University Hospital due to four trial patients complaining of joint pain in the hands and feet.

According to The Guardian, the trials were suspended a week early out of an abundance of caution after four of the 59 volunteers began to experience the pain. A spokesman for the hospital said on Thursday that the patients are being closely monitored by the medical team in charge of the study.

The vaccine was developed by pharmaceutical companies Merck and NewLink. The trials are slated to begin again on January 5 in 15 patients, pending the results of testing performed on the four volunteers suffering from joint pain. The hope is that the pain is just temporary and benign.

The setback is disheartening after The World Health Organization recently announced that Sierra Leone has surpassed Liberia with the largest number of Ebola cases in West Africa. There have been nearly 7,900 cases reported in the region since the start of the outbreak.

The global vaccines alliance, Gavi, has announced that it is prepared to buy $300 million of the vaccine once the World Health Organization approves one for use. My colleague Bruce Levenson shared this story with me.

Robert Downey Jr. To Star in Upcoming Yucatan Film

Robert Downey Jr. is getting ready to star and produce the upcoming film called Yucatan, which was written by Steve McQueen back in the decade of the 1960s. Fans of the old version like friend Rod Rohrich regard it as a classic. It has been a challenge to get the film off the ground ever since. Under a new writer, the story is being re-imagined. As of right now, Warner bros is planning on taking the original darker story of Yucatan and transform it into a lighter and more family friendly adventure due to the appeal of Robert Downey Jr across many generations.

There is no telling whether or not the project will live up to its potential. The film is currently being written by Terry Rossio, who is famous for writing Shrek. Robert Downey Jr. has had a rough start in his career. However, in recent years, he has pulled through and is living a prosperous life as an actor.

Nielsen to Launch New Service to Track Netflix & Amazon Prime

In a sign of the rise of online streaming, Nielsen ratings will now be tracked for Netflix and Amazon Prime. The service, which launches in December, will offer the first public insight into the popularity of the two video streaming services. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime track the streaming that goes on in their services, but those figures are not published for the general public. Rather, the companies use the data to determine which licenses to renew.

As pointed out by developer Ben Shaoul, there are gaping holes in the new service Nielsen is launching. The most obvious flaw is that video streaming on tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices will not be tracked. This omits a significant amount of video streaming. The second flaw is that Nielsen has long been criticized by traditional cable and television providers for its shortcomings. Essentially the same model applied to those delivery methods will be applied to Netflix and Amazon Prime. At the same time, Nielsen is the only game in town when it comes to TV rating.

Both video streaming services are making inroads with their business models. It is proving to be lucrative for the TV networks as well. Netflix recently paid a total of $9 billion to TV networks for the licensing rights to stream content. This represents a new and profitable revenue stream for TV providers. Ultimately, this is the real ratings metric that will matter. The Nielsen rating may indicate shows A, B, and C are highly watched, but what Netflix and Amazon Prime pay to license is the truest indication of what their viewers are streaming.

Climate Change Debate Altered by Republican

The debate over climate change has raged through the media between political leaders. 98% of scientists agree on the effects and suspected causes of climate change, however Republicans fear that the admission that climate change is caused by humans will lead to regulations against carbon pollution that will destroy the economy. Since the beginning the debate has been about whether or not climate change is occurring at all, something researchers have proven for a while.
Since Republicans will soon run the show in Congress, the public discussion on climate change will most likely halt in its current position or move behind closed doors. However a recent interview with a Republican from South Dakota has left Democrats wondering if the issue can be pushed further. Senator John Thune made a point on Fox News Sunday that gave some hope to those hoping to make some progress.
The interview was focused around the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport gas from Canada to Texas and has been stalled for years because of a debate over the climactic repercussions from building it. Lovett doesn’t know much about it, but he continues to read up on the situation. However, part way through when discussing the issue of climate change Thune went off the typical Republican script regarding the matter. Usually, conservatives say that climate change is occurring but that humans are not the cause, or do not contribute significantly. During this interview Thune specifically stated that climate change is caused by humans, and the questions have changed to what the cost will be to the solutions that are available.

The Revival of Hellraiser

Like so many other people in the late eighties and early nineties, my sisters and I apparently loved the Hellraiser franchise. We’ll just overlook the fact that we were exposed to Pinhead before the age of ten. I have seen multiple sequels that have featured a mute girl in a deranged asylum, a weird statue thing that eats people, and even one in which a space station acted as a giant puzzle box! Needless to say I am intrigued by the possibility of a new, well-done addition to the franchise. Keith Mann is another fan who is quite interested in what is planned.

Clive Barker delivers his take on a reboot at The creative force behind the infamous Pinhead offered possibilities without giving away anything concrete. I believe a Hellraiser reboot will be successful if Barker develops an awesome fresh script, has the appropriate support from the studio, and finds a fantastic actor to resurrect Pinhead. As a horror fan, I eagerly await more news about this developing project.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces that He’s Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that he was homosexual in a recent article in Bloomberg Business Week. Although he says that many of his colleagues were already aware of this fact, and that his workplace has always been accepting of his sexual orientation, Cook felt that it was time to acknowledge his homosexuality publicly.

As the CEO of one of America’s most successful companies, Tim Cook had tried to keep his personal life out of the spotlight up until now, for reasons of privacy. However, by making his sexual orientation public, Cook feels that his stature can be helpful to the LGBT community on both a public and personal level. “So if hearing that the CEO if Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then its worth the trade-off on my own privacy.” stated Cook. Others who have worked with Cook, including the workforce at Slow Ventures, have all rallied around their former colleague.

His own home state of Alabama has a law in place which allows employers to terminate people due to their sexual orientation. By opening the door to his private life, Cook can help make more progress and increase tolerance to make such injustices a thing of the past.

Will Smith Producing Hitch Television Series

Will Smith made an amazing movie in 2005, with Hitch.

Hitch will become a half hour sitcom, and will feature Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan developing the script for the pilot.

Me and Marnie Bennett are excited to see what they come up with. Was really fun watching Will Smith try and help the hopeless in their love lives. But they’re going to have to really spend some effort trying to find somebody as likeable.