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TriStar of Tom Rothman and MRC Team Up For ‘Baby Driver’

It has been confirmed by Hollywood Reporter that TriStar Productions of Tom Rothman and MRC would be working together for ‘Baby Driver’, the next film by Edgar Wright. It has also been confirmed that Ansel Elgort – who played the role of brash ‘Augustus Waters’ in the movie adaptation of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ written by John Green– is being considered as the lead in ‘Baby Driver’. The role is also being eyed by John Boyega and Logan Lerman.

The story is Edgar Wright’s original idea and involves a getaway driver who is called ‘Baby’ because of his young looking face. He gets into the world of crime after being coerced by a crime boss. However, a doomed heist might threaten his freedom, love and life.

The production would be by Nira Park and Working Title while the project would be co-financed by TriStar and MRC 50:50.

Rothman mentioned how delighted he was that his next film would be made by Edgar Wright. He added that TriStar’s sole aim was to back original voices and there was no one better to do that than Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright is known for his work in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – The Cornetto Flm Trilogy – for which he has received many accolades. He also wrote the screenplay of ‘Ant-Man’ with Cornish and was all set to direct the movie but departed from the project recently. Rothman revealed that he was looking forward to partnering with MRC and collaborating with Working Title as well.

The movie would involve a “rock and roll car chase”, as revealed by Rothman and Edgar Wright has some experience in directing movies like this. He is known for his timing and carefully crafted humor in the movies he directs. He has previously won the ‘Best Director’ Empire award for ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’.

Movie Wild Introspect

 

A couple weeks ago, the movie Wild was released which is about a woman who finds her life getting out of control. She was once young, bright, and talented but now finds herself caught up in a bad drug addition, failing marriage, and helpless. She decides to clean up her act and embark on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find some sort of peace. The movie is based on a true story and delves into the life on a mentally-lost woman as she finds her way physically and emotionally. Sergio Andrade Guitierrez tweeted about how awesome it was.

The movie shows us the nature of power. As cliché as it sounds, we are so caught up in today’s technology and world that we fail to look at the world around us. The goals and simplicity of her trip made it possible to find a greater version of herself which she feels she is so disconnected to. The trip gave her the opportunity to utilize her strengths and realize her weak points so that she could grow as a person. The movie has so far done extremely successful and has a 91% rating on the movie review site Rotten Tomato. The movie gives light to a part of a drug addiction and transformation as a person that we usually do not see.

Good Gut, Good Brain?

 

A recent study showed Tom Rothman of all people that microbes including probiotics and prebiotics could have a big effect on our mental health. It is known that these microbes are important in our body’s immunity response but the data shows that the microbes can impact our brain health as well by controlling chemical regulation in the brain. Depression and anxiety is caused by the lack of serotonin but these microbes help to stimulate brain activity so these chemicals are produced and more regulated. The studies are still relatively young but the results are very straight-forward and interesting. They can change the field of how we work with psychology disorders drastically. If you would like more details on how they work, here is a great article: embedded link here
The best way to get these good microbes is to eat a well balanced diet. A good diet is not just good for you physical health but your mental health as well. These microbes do not guarantee you will be depression-free, nor does a well-balanced diet. However, they do show how important knowing these are. More research is being done to see how large a role exactly that microbes play in psychological disorders. Science has come a far way and continues to grow every day. These results can play a large role in how psychiatry and counseling is shaped in the future so that people can work with their mental health issues better.

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.

Han Solo Goes Solo

Star Wars spinoffs are in the works and the very first one is going to be a Han Solo, ahem, solo project. At least that is what the rumor mill surrounding Sam Tabar is reporting. No one knows for sure what is going to come down the pipeline and in what order. Right now, plans are to release a Star Wars related movie every year until audiences, basically, don’t want to see them anymore. As if that is going to happen.

The possibility exists that the Han Solo-centric film will be released in 2016. Originally, it was believed the Han Solo film would be the second spinoff project to be made after a Boba Fett feature.

Believe it or not, when a few years went by after the release of Return of the Jedi (1983) and no new Star Wars film was in the pipeline, most fans believed the series was officially over. Turns out everyone just needed to be a bit patient.

Disney paying well over a billion dollars for the rights to the franchise surely changes things. The previously deliberate George Lucas is no longer calling the shots as to when Star Wars movies are going to be made and which films are to be produced. Lucas has not even seen the trailer yet.

Will Harrison Ford be involved in the Han Solo film? No one knows for sure yet. The movie is probably going to take place before the events of the first Star Wars so a younger Han Solo is going to be featured.

Farewell to Stephen Colbert

Host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert is moving on. He has been offered a position to replace current host David Letterman on The Late Show and will be taking over for him sometime in 2015. Stephen Colbert has signed on to a 5 year contract to host the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Many stars and well known people like Andrew Heiberger came out for what was the last episode of The Colbert Report to pay their respects and say good bye. Celebrities such as Willie Nelson, Elijah Wood, Jeff Daniels, Big Bird, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Michael Stipe, George Lucas and many more bid farewell while Jon Stewart showed up to sing a duet with Stephen Colbert. Even former President Bill Clinton got in on the good byes and in a video of him texting, he was actually Tweeting his farewell to Colbert. On the final episode Stephen Colbert’s sign off was “From eternity, I’m Stephen Colbert”.

Head over to Buzzfeed for pictures and clips of the last episode.

The Colbert Report on Comedy Central has two Peabody Awards and four Emmy’s. While ending the Colbert Report is almost like ending a legacy, he will be a new fresh and fun voice for the Late Show.

Official ‘Cinderella’ Trailer Released

For more than a year now, the only glimpse we have been able to see of the new Disney film, “Cinderella” has been a short clip of the iconic twinkling glass slipper. Now, the wait is over. Just this week, Disney released the official trailer for the new movie. Watch the video as shared with me by friend Zeca Oliveira.

Some of us may have expected a new retelling of the classic tale, like Disney recently did with the popular film, “Maleficient”. However, that is not expected with “Cinderella”. It will feature much of the same original story with only a few changes.

The film will star Lily James as Ella, a poor young girl severely mistreated by her wicked stepmother, played by Cate Blanchett. Ella’s fairy godmother will be played by Helena Bonham Carter, and her handsome prince charming will be played by Richard Madden.

“Cinderella” is set to hit theaters on March 13, 2015.

The Quintessential Leadership of Women in the Movie Industry

With this year’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, there are three lead and co-lead characters which could have, if not already written in the series’ books, easily been made into male characters, but were not. Is the movie industry, a very important and societal influencing media outlet, finally getting out from the limiting restraints of hiring mostly male actors for lead action roles? Mockingjay Part 1 star, Natalie Dormer, believes so.

Screenrant.com had an interview with Dormer a few days ago, asking her about her leadership role in Mockingjay Part 1 and if she would consider a role in any up and coming superhero movies that are set to start filming. She had this to say:

“I think…what we are aiming for, ultimately, is when it becomes more
about gender irrelevance, it’s more about just the character…and the journey
they are going on. I think that’s what we’re aiming for as a (movie) industry,
as an audience, and just as a people.”

In other words, I believe she is saying yes to her interviewer’s question. This quote takes one person’s opinion up to the next level, becoming the belief of not only women, but men as well. I think as a society and culture, we have exhausted the assumed role of the male in movies and books. Yes, men are strong in the general sense and more inclined to not let their emotions take the better of themselves, but women, in general, are able to do just the same in movies, as well as in real life. As Andrew Heiberger notes in his book (and I’m really agree with him on this) it is time for a gender revolution!

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.

No CGI Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Mockingjay’

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman rocked the world of his friends, fans and family. Megastar franchise ‘The Hunger Games’ also felt the effects as they were ramping up production on the final installments of their trilogy–ones that would feature Hoffman’s character quite heavily. So with Hoffman tragically passing away, much like Paul Walker earlier in the year, the ‘Hunger Games’ crew had to make a decision. How would they handle finishing out Hoffman’s character? Well, one thing became clear pretty quickly–there would be no CGI replacements. Big thanks to friend Keith Mann for sharing this story with me.

Director Francis Lawrence, who is handling the final installments of the franchise, revealed to the press that he would not use any form of ‘digital trickery’ to fill in Hoffman’s last scenes in the film. Lawrence instead made the difficult, but probably correct, decision to rework the script to finish Hoffman’s character gracefully. The truth was that Hoffman had finished all but two of his scenes featuring dialogue–one scene in ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ and one scene in ‘Mockingjay Part 2’.

So in order to honor his memory and maintain the integrity of the script Lawrence decided to hand those lines off to different actors in the related scenes. This kept his information in tact without having to try and fool the audience into believing what really couldn’t be Lawrence cited the fact that Hoffman was one of the ‘greatest actors of all time’ and that they felt foolish to try and mimic his talents. ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ is now in theaters.