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19 Kids and Counting Being Cancelled?

There have been more than 100,000 people that have signed the petition to cancel their TV series on TLC ’19 Kids and Counting’ due to “end LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.” Michelle was featured in a robocall in Fayettville, Ark, urging that residents of the city oppose an ant-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance was going to allow allow men to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. The Duggers didn’t like that idea one bit.

Michelle Dugger stated, “I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” Michelle said. Michelle even donated $10,000 to repeal the ordinance if it passed.

Fans have started a petition to keep the show going, but only 4,600 have signed so far compared to the 100,000 that have signed in regards to cancelling the show. Sam Tabar continues to monitor the situation as much as possible. TLC has yet to comment about the show being cancelled yet. Sean 9 of the show ’19 Kids and Counting’ appeared in September. We will just have to see in time if the show gets cancelled or not.

Is Tom Rothman the Greatest Hollywood Film Executive Ever?

Thomas Rothman is a successful media executive best known for producing two of the highest-grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar, both directed by James Cameron. Rothman is the chairman of TriStar Productions, a joint venture with Sony Pictures and TriStar that will produce films in the United States. In the past, Rothman has been the chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment until September 2012.

As noted in the Columbia Law School Magazine (where Rothman attended) article by Ian Daly, he began his career at Fox in 1991 as the founder of Fox Searchlight Productions, the division at which he worked for the next 18 years. He is responsible for Fox’s highest profits during any period of its history. The company was nominated for more than 150 Academy Awards and won the Academy Award for Best Picture on three separate occasions. During Rothman’s tenure, Fox earned more than $30 billion at the box office and produced the two highest-earning films of all time.

A Distinguished Career in Motion Pictures

Rothman has long been involved with high-quality films in Hollywood, beginning with his involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s early film Down By Law, starring Tom Waits. He took on the role of executive vice president of Columbia Pictures in 1987, taking on complete responsibility for production and development. Two years later, he was elected president of the Samuel Goldwyn Company. It was here that he produced some of his finest work up to that point, including Henry V, Wild At Heart, Truly Madly Deeply, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George and the Longtime Companion. Rothman had more than a passing involvement in these pictures, personally assuming the role of producer and seeing to the daily operations of their development. He is responsible for producing three films that won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or during his time at Samuel Goldwyn Company.

A Modern Marathon Man

These days, Rothman is actively involved in his work as the president of Sony Pictures, where he moved after Fox Filmed Entertainment. He says that he is always concerned about making money for his shareholders and for his investors, and that he spends most of his time ensuring that he will continue to do so. Recently, Rothman expounded on the changes that serial television has brought to the film industry. He noted that TV series such as Breaking Bad and The Wire have made it possible to depict very complex character on screen, while previously, characters were limited by the three-act format.

In a conversation with Hollywood Reporter, Rothman revealed that he has always been the type of executive to tries to thwart people’s expectations. In his own words, he has always tried to “zig when other people zagged.” Whatever he chose to do, it certainly paid off, and he is universally considered one of the best film executives in the business, respected by filmmakers and investors for his creativity and ingenuity.

Power of the Web

Rothman is also a major proponent of the ability of social media and the Internet to play a major role in the shaping of films. He has stated that the audience is more in tuned to every aspect of movie making. For more information on Tom Rothman, see his profiles below:

Tom Rothman Official Website

Tom Rothman on IMDb

Tom Rothman in the Los Angeles Times

Tom Rothman on Twitter

Paul Greengrass Gets Busy, to Adapt ‘1984’

When the news broke that a new Jason Bourne flick was coming to theaters in 2016, director Paul Greengrass was signed on to make it happen. Now only a week or so later we are seeing that Greengrass is far form limiting himself to working on just one big feature in the coming years. Grengrass is also attached to work with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill on a feature film about the ’96 Olympics bombing incident. Looking past even those megastars will leave you with this bit of news: ‘1984’, the classic George Orwell novel, is going to be adapted.

Paul Greengrass has a ton of success in the realm of taut political thrillers. His work with Matt Damon on the Bourne series speaks for itself, but Greengrass has also found success with ‘Green Zone’, ‘Captain Philips’, and ‘United 93′. Greengrass has made his mark in the cinematic world for working on tight original scripts and historical based adaptation work. It will be interesting to see how the director approaches something with such a storied history as ‘1984’.

‘1984’ is a massively influential piece of fiction thanks to the ideas it presented and the way in which it worked. It certainly made an impact on Marc Sparks when he first read it. We can see Orwell’s influence all over Hollywood today with films like ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Equilibrium’ showcasing some of the core tenants of the novel. Our biggest concern is that ‘1984’ won’t be able to be fully appreciated as an original work of art, thanks merely to how much it inspired all of the works surrounding it.

Mike Nichols Passes Away

Mike Nichols, the man behind such famous movies as The Graduate and The Birdcage, has passed away, a few weeks after his 83rd birthday. His career in film, not to mention theater and Broadway, spanned more than fifty years.

Nichols was born as Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky on November 6, 1931. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants living in Vienna, Austria; they fled from the Nazis to America when Nichols was a child. Originally planning to go into medicine at the University of Chicago, Nichols was so distracted by college theater activities that he wound up pursuing that instead. He became a theater director, and then made the jump to the big screen with an adaptation of the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He followed that up with The Graduate, a coming of age story that many consider to be his definitive work, and many other projects up until his death.

Nichols won many awards over the years; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? alone received five Academy Awards. ABC New President James Goldston noted that he is “one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime. No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”

When I first told Zeca Oliveira about Nichols, he didn’t recall any of his movies, but then we went to his Facebook and sure enough The Graduate was there.

Nichols is survived by his wife, ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, three children and four grandchildren.

Is Janice Dickinson Lying?

In the past month, Bill Cosby has received a number of criminal accusations claiming sexual assault. The latest is former supermodel Janice Dickinson who says Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe. She said that Cosby said he could help her with her career, and then in her hotel room, he gave her a pill along with red wine. When she awoke, her pajamas were off and there was semen on her leg.

The allegations with Dickinson and other women are all similar, and Cosby, 77, denies them. The allegations from Dickinson contradict her communications concerning Cosby in the past. Her representative has refused to answer BuzzFeed for a response.

Recently, Cosby has a new lawyer, Martin Singer, who is no stranger to the Hollywood celebrities. He represented Charlie Sheen in the past as well as John Travolta, and it looks like Singer means business. Singer has become famous for sending threatening letters and receiving positive responses.

The new attorney has come in the midst of this torment to handle the crisis and he is already getting started. BuzzFeed received a letter from Singer’s office renouncing Dickinson’s statements and supporting their commitment to represent Bill Cosby and uphold his reputation.

NBC has halted all progress on the pilot that was being developed with Cosby, and Netflix is postponing the comedy special slated to begin streaming on November 28. Thanks to friend of the site Brad Reifler for sending in this story.

Bill Cosby Rape Scandal Continues

It seems that once the flood gates were opened on this story there was simply no way of closing them again. Buzzfeed has the story as yet another woman has come forward claiming that comedy legend Bill Cosby, who has iconic work as Dr. Huxtable in The Cosby Show, and voiced many characters on the revolutionary Fat Albert, also attacked her. These allegations are getting so twisted the story should be sent to North American Spine.

The allegations aren’t exactly new news though, as charges were filed more than 20 years ago in the same manner, but each was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. The recent string of events comes after fellow comedian Hannibal Buress, apparently offended by Cosby’s arrogance toward the youth of today, called him out on rape charges against women.

After that stories started breaking everywhere from women that claim he assaulted them back when he was in his prime and had a lot of power and pull in Hollywood, and they were each young, eager and naive. Joan Tarshis is the latest victim to come forward, telling an all too familiar tale of idolizing Bill Cosby, being taken under his wing for personal guidance, fully trusting him to help jump start their careers, and then drugging and assaulting them.

At this point Cosby has remained silent, claiming that he will not “dignify” the accusations, but it is clear that he is suffering; as all projects he had going have since been suspended.

Fans Speak on Aaliyah Lifetime Movie

There was a feeling in the air that the Lifetime Aaliyah bio pic – “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” – was doomed from the start. Zendaya, of “Shake It Up” fame, was originally hand picked to place the star. Social media exploded with negative energy about Zendaya and the movie. This caused Zendaya to step away from the project. 

The family of Aaliyah also did not want Lifetime to release the film. The family felt like Aaliyah deserved a bigger stage. Aaliyah’s family wanted a theatrical release of an Aaliyah movie. The family even refused to let Lifetime use any music from Aaliyah’s catalog. This was the nail in the coffin that sunk the expectations for the movie. It was become impossible for the film to do well without any original Aaliyah music presence. This did not stop Lifetime from releasing this film though. The fans of Aaliyah – as well as producers Missy Elliot and Timbaland – have seen the film and weighted in on where Lifetime went wrong. Brian Torchin, of HCRC Staffing, also expressed his disappointment in the film.

Most fans that watched the movie were disappointed by the Lifetime choices for casting. A lot of fans posted humorous pics of other celebrities that Lifetime might cast for future Lifetime films. Trey Songz posted a hilarious picture of Flavor Flav with cornrows for a future Lifetime casting decision. Few people commented on the story line; everyone seemed shocked by the casting decisions.

Las Vegas Maintains Casino Reputation

Las Vegas, Nevada is known to have luxurious hotels and casinos. If you have the money and you are feeling lucky, you could very well indulge in an hour or two inside these magnificent hotels.

First is of course the world renowned, MGM Grand Las Vegas. It has at least twenty restaurants and bars. You may dine here before playing on your table or slot machines. Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez really enjoys having food there as much as possible when visiting. It has 2300 gaming machines as well. If you are tired after your casino escapade, you may want to relax in one of its luxurious hotel rooms.

The Bellagio hotel comes second in the list of grandest casinos in Las Vegas. It opened in the year 1998 with a jaw-dropping ceremony Las Vegas will never forget. It has 40 poker rooms.

The remarkable thing about this hotel is its Fountains in front of its building. It sometimes has water show which gathers people from all walks of life. If you’re a fan of art, entertainment and of course casinos, this is the place to go for you in Vegas.

Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino is a popular destination for people who want to have a feel of beach resorts and gambling mixed into one. Mandalay has its own beach resorts which is a favourite spot of some Hollywood celebrities.

Families would enjoy this luxurious hotel. You get to experience the sea while enjoying trying your luck at the slots.

“Batman vs. Superman” Too Gritty for Its’ Own Good?

Few would argue that Zack Snyder has bad taste in comic books. His film adaptation of the landmark graphic novel “Watchmen” was not only faithful to the source material, it did the unthinkable. It actually improved on Alan Moore’s original ending in a logical way.

Critics would point out that Snyder isn’t up to the task when it comes to things like character development and sustaining drama. He can film a cool scene of a guy riding a horse in slow motion, but when it comes to making people care about his characters, he has fallen flat in the past.

More news is trickling out of the set of his latest film, “Batman vs. Superman”. Apparently Snyder is drawing heavily from another comic book masterpiece, Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”. The telling of Batman’s origin is said to closely mirror Miller’s version.

This is good in a lot of ways. It is also not hard to believe. Batman’s look in this film is clearly modeled after Miller’s gritty, aged, combat boots-wearing version of Batman.

The problem of course is that it is Ben Affleck is playing Batman. Miller’s version of Batman evokes actors with a tough aura like Clint Eastwood or Russell Crowe. One critic of the casting, Vijay Eswaran, asked why wasn’t Crowe offered the part of Batman?

“Batman vs. Superman” is a big deal, presales are already through the roof on Amazon. But it is uncertain if Ben Affleck can make this movie, but he most certainly can break it.

A James Bond Update

The very few details have been released about the upcoming and highly anticipated James Bond “24.” However, one solid (sort of) piece of casting has recently been reported by Screenrant (see here: Appearently, the relative newcomer, and much beloved Inglorious Basterds star, Christoph Waltz has been added to the cast of the upcoming spy thriller, drama and/or action film.

But as what? What else – a villain of course. That’s exactly what Brad Reifler wants to see. Waltz has been primarily known for his villainous roles since his breakout performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (a overrated film, perhaps, but not a overrated performance – Waltz was VERY good in it). Since then he has either played as a slightly shadowy character (such as in Django Unchained) or outright psycho (such as his crazed circus ringleader in the rather underrated Water for Elephants). That being said it’s no stretch of the imagination to see him being on the executives mind as a potential Bond villain. Yet it’s still quite a big surprise due to the fact that the role of the films “big bad” was rumored (nearly confirmed) to have been taken over by Oscar winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (from such big hits as 12 Years a Slave).

Either way it’s a decision that is sure to prove interesting to say nothing else. So far Waltz’s character has been described both as Bonds friend and nemesis – frenemies anyone?