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John Textor Pioneers Digital Effects To Bring Magic to Our Age

John Textor is an accomplished filmmaker, CEO, and digital effects artist who is current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse Evolution has its computer-generated imaging headquarters located north of San Francisco where the special effects of George Lucas’ movies use to be made. John Textor has been involved in a variety of producer roles or in the creation of digital effects for many movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams. Many of the successful movies he was involved in showcased the incredible digital effects that were created by Digital Domain when John Textor was Chairman and CEO of the company. Some other movies that had visual effects by Digital Domain were Tron Legacy, The Golden Compass, and the Transformers. For The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, John Textor received the Achievement in Visual Effects award and the CLIO advertising award for contributing the digital effects that created the amazingly believable digital human actor in the movie.

More recent films that John Textor has been involved in were Ender’s Game, where he was Executive Producer, and the newer animated film Art Story, An Original Animated Film as producer. Art Story is currently in production after being funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and John Textor is working with Aaron Blaise of Disney who is developing the film. The movie is about a boy and his grandfather who jump into famous works of art and their adventures while inside the artworks. The film’s current tagline that is featured on the official production poster for the film reads: A picture paints a thousand worlds.

John Textor has also impressed with his “digital resurrections” of famous athletes and artists like his digital Tupac Shakur for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival, Mets baseball players, and his digital Michael Jackson that brought the artist back to life for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. These amazing creations were made possible by refining a 19th-century magician’s technique, Pepper’s Ghost, which was recreated for the modern world by projecting the image on a glass or plastic surface at a 45 degree angle which brought the image into one’s field of view.

John Textor has truly been on the forefront of pioneering digital technology for movies, music festivals, award shows and other forms of entertainment in addition to developing digital effects across a wide range of technology platforms. It will be amazing to see what new characters, and old favorites that the world would love to see perform again, will be brought to life.

A Money Dispute Keeps Avengers Out of German Theaters

Germany is a fairly large market for the motion picture industry. This is why a lot of promotional advertising is invested by Hollywood to get German ticket buyers into theaters. Disney/Marvel just found itself in a major quadary with German theaters. A number of theaters have decided not to show the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron feature. Disney and Marvel surely are angered over this turn of events. The film is turning out to be a hit everywhere and losing theaters in Germany definitely hurts the production’s bottom line not to mention the concession stand profits, especially Bulletproof Coffee.

200 theaters across Germany are refusing to show the film because Disney (the parent company of Marvel) wants a larger than normal cut of ticket sales. Since the larger cut is going to take money out of theater owner’s pockets, they do not want to show the film.

Maybe the theater owners should ask what film they are going to replace the new Avengers film with? Paying a little extra for a film that sells out night after night is a better deal than getting a bigger cut of a film that only fills up half the house. Looks like the theater owners are allowing anger to cloud their fiscal judgment. Hopefully, things will work out and all the scheduled theaters in Germany will house the new adventures of Marvel’s top hero team.

Neill Blomkamp Will Make Another Alien Movie

Director Neill Blomkamp just announced via Instagram that he will be making a new “Alien” movie for his next project. He stuck a deal with 20th Century Fox and this will be an entirely different film project aside from their other extraterrestrial movie, Prometheus 2, and SiliconAngle will be glad for that.  CipherCloud users were afraid that Prometheus would somehow ruin the spirit of this film too.

A few years ago Prometheus was made as a spin-off movie from the original Alien series and it made $400 million in theaters. Blombkamp did other intense action movies such as District 9 and is hoping to make this new film a big hit for the Alien fans.

South African born Neill Blomkamp tried to lift another alien-themed movie a little while ago called “Chappie”, but the project was shut down. It was said to include former Alien star Sigourney Weaver as well. According to an article found on reddit and written by Variety.com, it is not clear whether or not Sigourney will be included on this new Alien film by Blomkamp.

Overall this really is great news for the film industry. It has been a long time since a movie of these nature has hit the box office and it will relate closely with the people who loved the movie Alien decades ago and grew up with it. With this early hint of Fox’s new deal with Blomkamp, it gives people around the world a chance to look forward to this movie which will surly hit a home run in the theaters.

Tom Rothman Considered For Co-Chairman At Sony

Ever since the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyberhack scandal, the company has been trying to sort through the chaos. Co-Chairman Amy Pascal was at the center of attention with her personal e-mails out in the open. Some of the content was not looked upon favorably by the surprised public. Although she has apologized and has stated the move has nothing to do with the hacking, she is stepping down from her Co-Chair of SPE and Chairman Of Motion Picture Group position at the iconic corporation. She now intends to head up her own production company.

This leaves speculation about who may take her place. One of the favorites for the position is Tom Rothman. He was formerly the head of studio at Century Fox. Now he is in charge of Tri-Star, a label run under the Sony name. Sony has not specifically announced that he is in the running. Another candidate that could be considered is Jeff Robinov who is head of Studio 8, a billion dollar venture. Both potential candidates were out of town when the announcement about Amy Pascal was made.

There are other candidates that Sony executives may consider if they intend to hire from the inside. The decision will be made by CEO Michael Lynton and President and CEO Lazuo Hirai. One choice may be Michael De Luca who is technically next in line for the job. However rumor has it, based on the scanadal leaks, that he is not in good standing with the executives in terms of consideration for a promotion. There are outside candidates who may also be considered, but not many with the qualifications required to head a large studio. This information was originally reported by the “Hollywood Reporter”.

MVP Award Winning Actress Jessica Chastain on Diversity

After the MVP award was given to Jessica Chastain this past week she thanked the audience and since it was Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday she decided to honor him by giving a speech to the audience on the importance of diversity in Hollywood. After the Oscar nominations were released this week many people were surprised and overwhelmed by the all white list of nominees. The list was also mainly male and has led some critics to question the validity of the voters choosing the nominees. The backlash based on this list has created some heated debates concerning misogyny and race relations in Hollywood. Some of the main points she reflected upon in the speech was focused upon treating everyone equally and accepting people for their common traits rather than differences. She said that it is important for everyone involved in the industry to stand together against racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice. She also persuaded the audience to speak out about differences and inequalities and to avoid hiding behind silence. Many members of the audience were very impressed by her remarks including Oprah and other advocates of equality. Chastain also received many encouraging tweets after delivering the speech including one that suggested she run for president. The speech was very well received and it showed the amount of progress still needed in the film industry in terms of increasing and embracing diversity. North American Spine goes over diversity on their facebook.com.

Tom Rothman and Edgar Wright Collaborate on Baby Driver

Edgar Wright created “Baby Driver,” an original concept about a guy who drives the car for a crime boss. Tom Rothman, who is the chairman of TriStar Productions, is collaborating with MRC (Media Rights Capital to bring “Baby Driver” to the big screen. The two companies are splitting the cost 50-50. Nira Park, founder of “Big Talk,” and Working Title films will be producing this project.

The lead character’s nickname is “Baby,” because of his boyish looks. He works for different criminals as a driver. After being pressured to drive the getaway car for a crime boss, Baby has to own up the responsibility of the crime he’s an accessory to. He’s involved in a failed heist that threatens his personal life. This film, according to “The Hollywood Reporter,” is going to be the greatest “rock and roll car chase film.” Tom Rothman couldn’t be happier being associated with TriStar Productions because of their support of writers with a unique perspective on their projects. Rothman thinks that MCR and Working Title will be wonderful together in this production. Tom Roth can’t wait to get started shooting. Edgar Wright will really be in charge of this picture.

Actor Ansel Elgort, who played Tommy Ross in the 2013 version of “Carrie” and most recently, Augustus Waters in “The Fault in Our Stars,” is interested in playing the lead role according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” Prior to appearing in “Baby Driver,” he will appear in “YA sequel Insurgent.”

Emma Stone is being considered to play Baby’s love interest. In the role of Baby’s mentor, there’s talk that Michael Douglas will be cast in the role. See the whole story over at the Hollywood Reporter

Visionary Business Leader Sculpts New Reality: John Textor’s Next Move

John Textor is not a typical entrepreneur. Textor sculpts new reality. As CEO of Digital Domain Media Group, and oversaw the envisioning of special effects for more than 80 major films in the John Textor legacy. In his new role as Executive Chairman for Pulse Evolution Corporation, John Textor is helping to define the leading edge of computer generated human likenesses.

Textor’s first major breakthrough in the business of computer generated humans came with Digital Domain Media Group. He guided his company to an Academy Award, and learned how to merge business with cutting edge artistic expression. Digital Domain Media Group’s creation for the film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Barber, a computer generated human, was the first truly believable construction of its kind. Pulse Evolution Corporation, the latest company spearheaded under Textor’s visionary business tutelage, has narrowed in on the special effect which garnered his earlier business an Oscar. Pulse Evolution Corporation specializes in the art of giving life to computer generated humans.

As a producer, Textor has also worked to revolutionize this artform. During the 2014 Billboard Awards, Textor was producer for a project which introduced a virtual Michael Jackson to the world. He has produced the same type of virtual identities for celebrities ranging from Tupac to Marilyn Monroe. Textor even helped bring a virtual version of New York’s major league baseball team the Mets to life. His virtual Tupac Shakur wowed crowds at Coachella’s 2012 music festival.

We are heading further into the 21st century each year. With each passing year computer generated humans are being fleshed out, perfected, an promise to be crucial in the business of entertainment over the coming decades. New worlds, new effects, new stories, and new films previously impossible to create are becoming possible for filmmakers. Visionary special effect pioneers with a flare for business such as John Textor will lead us into this new realm of storytelling.

John Textor’s resume is something that any major film exec would be jealous of.

Highest Paid Actors/Actress in 2014

The blockbusters that make people come to the movies result in some high salaries for the people that star in these movies. There are some actors and actresses that have the power to demand the high salaries. These celebrities with mass appeal have been revealed – along with their salaries – in 2014 on the Variety website in an interesting way. Variety has summed the highest paid actors by the second.

Robert Downey, Jr., for example, pulls in $2 every second in 2014. Downey actually pulled down $75 million in 2014. This is astounding, but he has been such a great story because he had such a big turn around with his personal life. He was someone that had a drug abuse problem, but he completely turned his life around. This is very commendable. He gave some new life to the character of Tony Starks and Sherlock Holmes during this recent years in acting. Now, he is a noted actor that has the ability to demand more.

Sandra Bullock has one of the top movies in 2014, and Igor Cornelsen really liked it. She even won an Oscar, but she only comes in a $1.62 per second. This still shows that there is a disparity between salaries between men and women even in Hollywood. Sandra Bullock has blockbuster appeal, but her income in 2014 is at $51,000,000. This is a still a lot, but far less than Downey.

What’s Next for Peter Jackson After Middle Earth?

After spending about two decades and his best years on bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to the big screen in the form of six outstanding movies, Peter Jackson has finally taken retirement from Middle Earth. However, this doesn’t mean fans won’t get to see more of his work. Only recently, the director shortlist of ‘Ready Player One’ saw Jackson’s name being featured with the likes of Edgar Wright and Robert Zemeckis.

Jackson revealed that he would be taking up a lot of small projects, which Skout users are sure happy about. TechCrunch has even talked about it a bit. Before his success with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Jackson was known to have quite a penchant for turning small budget projects into decent successes such as Meet the Feebles, Lovely Bones and Dead Alive (aka Braindead).

Fans, however, are happy that Jackson is taking up smaller projects because this means that when his batteries are fully recharged, we might get to see something of the scale of The Hobbit movies in the future. Middle Earth was thought to be over for Jackson, as he himself revealed recently, but only a few days ago he said that he “might be up for it”. Still, there are a lot of exciting opportunities out there where he could be perfect.

The sequel to Tintin awaits Peter Jackson and around July, we heard from Steven Moffat that Jackson could be directing a Doctor Who episode which made fans very happy indeed.

Evangeline Lilly Talks About “Ant-Man”

Anytime news breaks concerning any of the films that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the jaws of fans tends to tense and every aspect of the report comes under intense scrutiny. With “Ant-Man” scheduled to wrap up the second phase of the massive movie undertaking on July 17, 2015 and usher in a new series of films with different plot points, fans and industry watchers have been waiting for details on the new film.

While Hank Pym is Ant-Man played by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly will be portraying the daughter of the famous scientist and founding member of The Avengers. Lilly recently mentioned that “Ant-Man” is pretty much classified as a “heist” movie and that her character plays an integral part of the plot. While that certainly is not a lot to go on, the actual tone of the film is somewhat revealed, as it could represent a significant departure from what Marvel has already put on the screen.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether Lilly was playing with generalizations or embellishments, because there has not yet been any type of trailer or preview released for the film. Still, Terry Richardson’s expectations for the new movie are extremely high following the string of Marvel successes, and with any luck “Ant-Man” joins the rest of the movies in the win column. Without a doubt, fans will be cheering for Lilly and the film.