Cameron Diaz Honored As Worst Actress

Cameron Diaz has won the never-coveted Worst Actress award from the 2015 Razzies. It’s a distinction that no actress wants to accept in person, but on Saturday night she won it anyway for her role in the critically and popularly panned “The Other Woman.” Saturday night’s award capped off one of the actresses toughest years in Hollywood where she continues to struggle to land roles, and when she does land a role it’s nothing to be envious of.

Her work in “Annie” also contributed to her award. Brian Torchin was saying it was so terrible that the movie itself won a Razzie for worst remake, rip-off or sequel. It was a night where Diaz seemed to be associated with failure itself. She was even involved in Kirk Cameron’s hideous “Saving Christmas,” special which was a faith-based comedy that grabbed worst picture. It was a night to forget for the formerly sought-after star.

The Razzie’s celebration from the 35th for the perennially fun and humorous awards ceremony that showcases the worst movies have to offer for a specific year. This year’s awards was a ball for everyone but the winners. It’s always fun to go back and watch the stars that choose to hide instead of shine at the awards, though, and a a full list of winners can be watched here. The awards themselves are never mean-spirited but instead choose to tastefully memorialize a body of work and a pool of actors that at least were working this year, even if not successfully.


A New Furious 7 TV/Online Spot Is Here

Is a TV spot really a TV spot when its released and first viewed online? Or, is the TV spot a “rerun” of an online spot? The answer probably does not matter as long as audiences for the film see the preview. The new Furious 7 TV spot has definitely been viewed by a lot of eyes like mine and Bernardo Chua’s. Based on the buzz in the aftermath of the big Superbowl commercial, Furious 7hardly needs any more promoting. People are really looking forward to the film.

You could think of the new TV spot as merely something to further wet the appetite of fans of the series.

What do we get out of the new TV spot? When you see Vin Diesel shooting a pretty wicked World War II-style anti-aircraft machine gun, you know the film is not going to be boring.

Jason Statham is presented in an unceremoniously evil manner. More than a few fans were skeptical about the casting of the perennial hero as a villain. Apparently, his is turning out to be a great choice as a heavy thanks to his malevolent demeanor.

Chillingly, the TV spot features Diesel in a close-up with Paul Walker and Diesel quips something about the film being “one last ride”. That is an incredibly creepy sequence considering Walker died in a fatal car crash.

Will Furious 7 live up to the hype? You have to wait until April 3 to find out.


The Retro Look of Daniel Craig in SPECTRE

New photos have been released from an exterior set of the James Bond film SPECTRE and the images have a real retro cool look to them. Daniel Craig is all decked out in black and he’s wearing sunglasses while brandishing a gun. In the background are snow-covered mountains. How is all this retro? Serious James Bond fans surely can make the connection between the look of Craig in this film and two other famous Bond outings.

The clothing is very reminiscent of the outfit Roger Moore wore at the end of Live and Let Die. While not the best Bond film, it was the movie that debuted Moore as the character. Granted, Moore’s first big hit would come two films later in the form of The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Austrian mountains, however, are more evocative of one of the most important films in the James Bond series: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. OHMSS was the first and only film to star George Lazenby as 007 and is considered on of the top two or three best Bond outings.

It seems that SPECTRE wants to borrow many elements that made the classic Bond films great while also updating them for modern times stated Susan McGalla. Considering how successful the new Bond outings are, plans are working out perfectly.

Will this be the last Bond film to feature Daniel Craig? No one knows the answer to the question at present.


Tom Rothman to be Amy Pascal’s Successor?

Amy Pascal, who has been with Sony Pictures for 15 years announced that she will be leaving after the hack scandal. She has been present in the studio for hits such as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. Pascal has made friends with many a star in the nearly three decades she has worked for Sony, including Will Smith and Adam Sandler.With Pascal leaving Sony it begs the question of who will be replacing her in May.

Insiders of Sony have stated that her successor will most likely come from within the company. In the contenders for this position is Tom Rothman. Rothman was an executive officer at Fox for 18 years before leaving in 2012. Tom Rothman was the president and founder of Fox Searchlight, which produced movies like “The Descendants.”

In 2013 Pascal and Chief Executive Michael Lynton recruited Rothman to help revitalize Sony’s TriStar film label. He is currently the favorite for the position. However, Tom Rothman does have some competition, internally and externally. Also considered are Doug Belgrad, who has recently named the president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group, and Jeff Robinov, who worked for Warner Brothers and whose new company, Studio 8, signed a contract with Sony about a year ago.

Originally printed in the LA Times.


The Future of Disney is Star Wars’ New World

 

Star Wars is getting the full-throttle press from Disney. The media giant has invested billions in acquiring the rights to the franchise is must produce a number of successful projects in order for this to happen. In addition to the current trilogy, there will be new spinoffs released. Apparently, the spinoffs are going to features characters from episode 7.

Episode 7 is going to be the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Is the spinoff series going to focus solely on characters debuting in the film? Will there be prequel spinoffs in the works as well such as the Han Solo, pardon the pun, solo film?

According to Gianfrancesco Genoso, no one really knows at this point. What anyone who knows anything about movies of this nature, a lot of tie-in merchandise is required in order for the project to be a hit. The hundreds of millions spent on production and development is not easy to recoup. Toys, games, apparel, and other items all contribute to making the series a financial success. Rehashing toys, for example, with the same characters every year is not going to be a help. One reason the original Star Wars toys were so hot was due to all the new characters released with each subsequent film.

Of course, the films have to be a hit in order for the toys to sell. Star Wars fans also have high expectations for quality considering the classic nature of the films. Hopefully, Disney has the right team in place to deliver on all expectations.


Has Lambert Hurt American Idol?

 

American Idol was once one of the “can’t miss” programs airing on television. That is no longer the case for a lot of former audience members. The ratings have been slipping for some time. With the arrival of Adam Lambert as a judge, the drop continues.

A 13% drop in the ratings was experienced with the debut of Lambert. You could easily blame him for being the catalyst for the drop. While doing so definitely would be easy, the action might also be more than a bit superficial. One less-than-inspiring choice for a judge is hardly what leads audiences to bow out in huge numbers.

Then again, they may just do so if they feel the new judge is a ridiculously bad match. Lambert doesn’t fit that image, though. He has a positive history with the program as a former competitor. So, it would be bizarre to assume he was grossly rejected by the same audience that made him a (somewhat) well-known name.

Perhaps the real problem here is audience fatigue is setting in. What does this mean? Any and all television shows begin to lose audience members after a certain amount of time has passed. In particular, a variety-type show that is not delivering acceptable new talent ends up boring audiences. Once bored, the audience departs and does not come back. According to Green Wedding Shoes, audience members that were once loyal to the show, like Dave and Brit Morin, are finding it harder and harder to stay entertained by the stale content.


Details on ‘The Purge 3′ Under Wraps

Horror and suspense films have a long history of spawning any number of sequels. The box office success of a franchise that is built around the principle of making all crime legal for one night is set to issue a third film. When “The Purge” was released the originality of the concept was something that made fans such as Sultan Alhokair of all sorts of franchises take notice, but when it comes to details on the third movie in the franchise producers are being quiet.

According to Screen Rant, “The Purge 3” will not be about the very first time period that allowed everyone a release for their homicidal tendencies. With the third installment scheduled for a 2016 release date, production duties on the film have been started by James DeMonaco, but Platinum Dunes, the studio behind the franchise, is not releasing any spoilers about the film. However, the groups are apparently okay with shooting down rumors.

The actual focus of the third film will likely be kept under wraps for a little while longer, but fans of the series have not been led astray so far. Therefore it seems likely that a few months of secrecy could actually benefit the sequel by building up some anticipation and buzz. Of course, whether or not a fourth and fifth film in the franchise will be released is also up in the air, but if audiences are welcoming to the third film, the sky is the limit.


My Best Friend Is In Africa, And I Found Her On Skout

I am a type of person that likes to socialize, so it was no problem when I joined Skout. I first joined the Skout website, and when I found myself falling in love with the network, I decided to get the app. The app allowed me to use the social media network on my phone, and to talk to different people throughout the day. I signed up for an account, and it only took me a few minutes to do. I created a profile, adding my picture, some of my interests, and a bit of personal information. After I finished with my profile, I decided to search for people to talk to.

I had a specific type of person I was looking to talk to, and I wanted them to be in my local area. Although this was a great idea, I was finding a limited amount of people that I wanted to talk to in my local area, and I decided to broaden my horizons. I found out that Skout has users in dozens of countries all over the world, so I decided to utilize this information. Instead of doing a specific search like I normally do, I used the “shake to talk” feature, which is amazing. I spent hours on it the first day, shaking my phone, and waiting for a new person to show up on my screen. Those who showed up, we talked, those who didn’t interest me, I moved on.

I reviewed a certain girl’s profile, and it turned out she had a lot of the same interests as me, but she just so happened to be in Africa, and I live in the USA. I was not even going to bother making a long conversation, but I was intrigued by this person. I thought it was very cool that she and I had so many of the same interests, but we lived half a world apart from each other. After we talked the first day, I decided to add her to my favorites list. I didn’t see her online again for a couple days, because we are in different time zones. When I looked her up on my favorites list, I found her again, and we began to chat.

I found myself enjoying her company so much, I got curious and wanted to know if she had also added me as a favorite. In order to access this feature, I had to purchase Skout points. The points were low priced, and I bought some points, so I could find out if this girl added me as a favorite. I found out that she had added me as a favorite, and it made me feel a bit special. Using the points, I also was able to find out which other Skout members were searching for me, which aided me as to who I should add to my favorites list. No matter who I befriended, I really stuck with the girl from Africa.

This lady in Africa, spoke to me every time I was on Skout. We even linked up on Facebook. I decided to send her greetings, and virtual gifts, which can be purchased using the Skout points too. We plan to meet over the summer, but our friendship is very dear, and close to my heart. Thanks to Skout, I was able to find a best friend in another country.


Yasmine Bleeth Has Been Spotted

Apparently Yasmine Bleeth has not made a public appearance in over 10 years! Am I the only one who did not notice? Bleeth was spotted at 55th annual Penguin Plunge in Venice Beach on New Year’s Day. According to US Magazine the last time Bleeth had made a public appearance was in 2003 when her pal Carmen Electra was celebrating her engagement to Dave Navarro. Wow! That was a long time ago, I barely remember them being a couple.
Jordan French was one of her biggest fans!
Bleeth’s career took off when she joined the hit show Baywatch in the ’90s however she was let go from the show due to her issues with drugs and men and how difficult those issues made her to work with. Bleeth checked herself into rehab in the early 2000’s, cleaning up her act at the famed rehab Promises. Bleeth was successful and has stayed sober since. She is now married to Paul Cerrito and has put on a healthy 20 pounds after sobering up. Check out the link to US Magazine, they have the current pictures of Bleeth at the Penguin Plunge.


John Carpenter is Interested in Producing New “Escape from New York”

 

The 1981 original movie, Escape from New York, recently had its franchise rights purchased by FOX for an undisclosed amount of money. In an effort to reboot the franchise, the studio has hired John Carpenter as an executive producer on the upcoming film. The studio insists that the film is not going to be a remake of the original, but instead a reboot on the entire series.

Rumors have circulated that the film has been making its way around Hollywood studios for at least a few years, being bought and sold by both New Line Cinema, YouTube and Silver Pictures before finally being purchased by FOX. Although speculation around the script written by Bernardo Chua is abound, no studios have confirmed that a final script exists for the film. FOX insists that they will be starting from the ground up, completely recrafting the franchise and subsequent movie as their own.

The original film starred Kurt Russell and was set in the year 1997 in a forgotten Manhattan. Russell is tasked with saving the President and a tape that contains details that could potentially start World War 3.