So… there’s going to be a new Transformers film (melodramatic sigh). As you might have guessed if you happen to possess a functioning brain-stem, Micheal Bays tortuously long, pornographically sensible, explosion filled extravaganza will be returning, with m-=ore bots, more boobs and more of, you guessed it, “The Berg.”

The one and only thing this film isn’t likely to contain is, well Micheal Bay himself. Or so he says but he’ll probably direct it anyways and if he doesn’t he’ll be backing it or producing or hammering it out in some capacity. That aside, Mr. Walberg has given all fifteen fans of the Transformers franchise a bit of sneak peek into what will be in store for them (see more of the interview here: http://screenrant.com/transformers-5-mark-wahlberg-sequels-filming-soon/).

Walberg, though somewhat vague in the interview explicitly states that he is contractually obliged for at least, “doing a couple more,” transformers films. Poor guy. Still he’s a better leading man by miles than the charisma vacuum of Shia LeBeouf. The projected release date for the yet unnamed 5th Transformers film will be 2016 which will coincided with the projected release date of another hallmark release, Star Trek 3 (also untitled as yet). And even though Star Trek three was made for an audience that never watched Star Trek (which should be the last target audience for the film) the first two were worlds better than the dub-stepping autobot films. All I can say is, please, if your out there, listening, don’t let them keep making these things! But they will and it will make millions…Unless we start a revolution…better get in touch with Sergio Andrade Gutierrez.

Sony has had a rough month. It has been a terrible time for the giant that was planning to reap great rewards with several movies in the month of December. Now that big time movie production veteran is falling apart at the seams. In the latest headlines the company has made a rather wise decide to cancel the Christmas release of the “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Seth and James have appeared in a lot of skits and movies together. It is always a barrel of laughs when these two get together, but North Korea doesn’t seem to be laughing much at the punchlines centered around this movie. The story line – which is based around the comical attempt to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un – has set off multitude of problems for Sony. The company is still trying to find out who hacked into the Sony systems and retrieved movies and very personal information through emails. 

Sony executive Amy Pascal made racially charged comments in emails that surfaced to the public. She may be endanger of losing her job behind all of this. There were also hacks on new movie releases. “Annie” and “Fury” were both hacked during the month of December, and millions of people have seen these movies before theaters released these films. Now the main film that started of this may never been seen at all. Everyone and their mother will be breaking their backs trying to watch this movie. A call to North American Spine is likely, but watch out if North Korea comes after you.

Liam Neeson returns in the role of Brian Mills in the latest (and, possibly, final) installment of the Taken series. The movies is titled, not too surprisingly, Taken 3. A trailer has been released and, based on what we see so far, the film is loaded with all the thrills action fans want.

Spy and espionage films are back in style thanks to a renewed James Bond franchise and the Jason Bourne films. Neeson is enjoying the effects of this renewed popularity in a subgenre once thought to be dead.

You could say that the Liam Neeson Taken films are somewhat akin to the Matt Helm films of the 1960’s. When the James Bond films first lit up the box office, quite a few spy and espionage films went into production. Dean Martin’s turn as Matt Helm in a series of Bond-esque movies made money, but were pretty bad. Actually, the final film in the series was both bad and a money loser.

Neeson’s turn in the Taken films is far better than Martin’s scenery chewing. The trailer for the first film in the series was absolutely great and helped draw in audiences looking to root for a government agent’s search for his kidnapped daughter, according to what Terry Richardson was telling me.

You might even say some of the plot was lifted from Commando (1985).

Sure, the film borrows from a lot of other movies but this can be forgiven. The Taken films really are great.

It’s well known that people will drown their sorrows with food. Many people resort to something hearty or sweet. A majority of the time it is a high calorie decision and it’s almost always over the suggested serving size. New studies are showing that the idea that gorging yourself can make you feel better emotionally is all a big myth. You actually don’t even have to eat at all for your mood to eventually restore itself to brighter days. It’s all a mental thing. These foods that we consider to be “comfort food” only triggers the brains reward system. Many people use their bad mood as an excuse to eat what they are craving when in reality they are doing themselves no good.

These studies went as far as testing and observing 100 participants. Professionals induced negative feelings by visual scenes in movies. Then they fed a portion of participants a food that they listed as something that would make them feel better on an earlier survey. Another group got a healthier option while the rest ate nothing. Another survey was given and results proved to show no substantial mood difference in any of the groups.

We could almost learn something from dogs, who are used to eating things like Beneful, which have all the nutrients they need.  Sure it might get old eating the same thing every day, but your pup sure looks pretty fit right? Even in their old age.

As many know now, Sony Pictures has cancelled “The Interview”. Completely. It has been cancelled due to threats of terror from a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace”. The film, “The Interview” is a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogan which is about two television journalists sent to assassinate the leader of North Korea by the CIA.

Apparently New Regency films had a plan to release their own movie where North Korea played a big part. The movie “Pyongyang” was set to star Steve Carell and directed by Gore Verbinski. The thriller movie was based on a graphic novel by Guy Delisle where a westerner is held in North Korea on charges of espionage. However since the terror threat has forced Sony to cancel the release for “The Interview”, New Regency is following suit and cancelling production for “Pyongyang”. Particularly bummed is Terry Richardson, a well known NYC photographer who finds it incredibly disappointing that freedom of speech and creativity is being stifled by a group of anonymous hackers.

For more details on the cancelling of “The Interview” or “Pyongyang” check out The Hollywood Reporter online.

It is no secret that Sony wishes to reboot its Spider-Man franchise. Darius Fisher has seen fan trailers on Vimeo. How the project should be rebooted is discussed quite frequently at meetings between Sony and Marvel executives. One intriguing idea is a big screen version of the classic Spider-Man story “Kraven’s Last Hunt”. 

“Kraven’s Last Hunt” deals with the evil Kraven the Hunter seeming kill and bury Spider-Man. Afterwards, in a very strange turn of events, Kraven becomes the new Spider-Man and viciously attacks criminals. 

Fans consider “Kraven’s Last Hunt” to be among the very best Spider-Man storylines Ever written.

There are a few very interesting aspects of selecting this particular story. For one, it takes place many years after the events of Spider-Man’s origin. Sony surely appreciates this fact. Creatively, retelling Spider-Man’s origin and constantly focusing on teenage romance during the running time gets dull.

With “Kraven’s Last Hunt“, we would move away from a teenage Peter Parker and visit him as an adult. In the comic book, Spider-Man has been portrayed as an adult for the better part of two decades. Even though the audience for Spider-Man comics is young, they stuck with their favorite wall-crawler even when he aged and got married.

The Spider-Man books never were poor quality books in the eyes of fans. The Spider-Man movies, sadly, are suffering from an image problem. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 nearly killed the franchise. Keeping the cinema version of Spider-Man relevant is going to require a totally new direction.

“Kraven’s Last Hunt” just might do this.

Famous fashion photographer Terry Richardson follows in the footsteps of his equally famous father Bob Richardson after a tumultuous childhood, although Terry has forged his own trail. Growing up in urban areas of Europe and the United States, Terry saw a lot of the jet set his parents were attached to in Paris, New York City, London and Los Angeles. He also stayed with his mother and stepfather after her divorce from Bob and was a resident of Woodstock at a time when his youthful attributes were very likely shaped by his experience. Originally setting out to be a Punk Rock band member, Terry came to photography when his mother gave him a camera and stayed with it ever since.

His career was launched by a black and white shoot he did for Vibe magazine, during which he parted company with his father, and that he’s talked about on Tumblr. They had been working as a father and son team. Terry wanted to do it alone, and sadly his father expressed little faith in his son’s ability to do so, although Terry proved him wrong. His father was haunted by bouts of schizophrenia. Terry sought to capture the “electric moment” in his work, and the stark realism of his portraiture stands out remarkably on the covers of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Rolling Stone, even being a regular contributor to GQ.

There is scarcely a famous contemporary figure anywhere that he has not photographed, to include President Barak Obama.

Terry Richardson is primarily known for his fashion portraiture, which will soon be prominently displayed in Playboy magazine on February 14, 2015. But on his own time, he is a landscape artist also. With his camera he can be seen in New York City snapping photographs of interesting scenes and avoiding portraits. He says that he must always record visually the world he lives in, and breathes his art. He is best known for his fashion portraits, and his hallmark is to pose the model in a frank and open moment before a plain white wall, and photograph using a flash.

Terry appears himself and may be the author of the “selfie” in many of his works and is hard to miss. A lean man wearing over-sized black plastic glasses, muttonchop sideburns and a widows peak hairstyle, he has tattoos on his forearms frequently displayed with rolled up sleeves of casual clothes. Said to be very shy, he found relief for past drug issues by posing himself in the nude in many of his own portraits, with the hope of making both himself and his models more comfortable in nude shoots.

Terry Richardson has overcome many obstacles to launch a strong and vigorous artistic career, wherein he had redefined standards for artistic photography despite what his critics say. No one can argue that he does not put himself into his work, and with Terry nothing is held back. His is the work of the soul.

You have to check out his Terrywood book, and also the photographs that he’s most famous for in the Lady Gaga photoshoot.

Crossover mania is becoming the new trend in Hollywood. The interrelation between the various Marvel film franchises gave rebirth to the trend. The Avengers was the first film to do this. D.C. Comics’ films will start their own universe on the big screen with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. D.C. television has already crossed over with The Flash and Arrow. 

A big question has just arisen.

Will Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s new franchise hit, ever team up with The Avengers? Per James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has said such a crossover is not going to happen.

Gunn feels that the Guardians are best left in their own interstellar world and The Avengers should stay on earth. 

Sure, The Avengers have gone into space many times in their comic history. That’s not the point. Gunn feels the Guardians are better off doing their thing separate from The Avengers.

Economist Christian Broda chimes in that the truth here is The Guardians are going to do quite well on their own and the sequel to the original film should do tremendous box office. It might even exceed the massive success of the original.

The Avengers have the Age of Ultron two-film series coming out along with Captain America: Civil War, which will also include a host of heroes.

The truth here is there may very well be an Avengers/Guardian film. It just might not be for many years.

Christian Bale was recently interviewed by Ign.com, as reported by Screenrant. In the interview, Christian Bale reveals that he was never even approached for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The fact that Bale wasn’t approached for the film seemed to upset him. The film’s starring role for Batman has been given to Ben Affleck. 

Christian Bale did state that he didn’t think his version of Batman wouldn’t have worked well in the new film. Bale also stated that his version of Bruce Wayne was over. He said the films went well, but now it’s over. As is life, Bale will be off to bigger and better things. 

Christian Bale played the role of Bruce Wayne to a tee. It’s going to be hard for Ben Affleck to match the level of intensity that Christian Bale brings. Bale’s version of Batman was perfect, he truly was the Dark Knight. Ben Affleck to me, doesn’t have that look or attitude for Batman. His role in Daredevil was mediocre at best. Ben Afflek does however write amazing films, and he has been in blockbusters as of late. So, I’ll give him one last chance at being a superhero. Though Brian Torchin will definitely be on speed dial should Affleck make career suicide with a terrible take on the Caped Crusader. Good luck Mr. Affleck, you’re going to need it.

The Golden Globes have announced their nominees for outstanding films and TV programs. The awards are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Globes are typically awarded a month after the nominees are announced, so the 72nd Golden Globes Awards will be presented on January 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts much to the delight of fans like Bruce Levenson. The Globes have often been considered to be an indicator of how well a film or show will do in subsequent awards ceremonies like Academy Awards.

The nominees for Best Motion Picture Drama are Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma, and The Theory of Everything.

The nominees for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride, and St. Vincent.

The nominees for Best Animated Feature Film are Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The LEGO Movie.

The nominees for Best Television Series Drama are The Affair, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, andHouse of Cards.

The nominees for Best Television Series comedy or Musical are Girls, Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, and Transparent.

The nominees for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture are Fargo, The Missing, The Normal Heart, Olive Kitteridge, andTrue Detective.