On Thursday night, President Barack Obama laid out his own plans to enact immigration reform in a speech from Las Vegas. Two nights later on Saturday Night Live, the cast performed it’s cold open with a shot at Obama’s decision to go it alone.
The cold open featured Kenan Thompson dressed up as the bill from the famous Schoolhouse Rock segment about how a bill becomes a law. After a few moments of Thompson explaining it, Jay Pharoah shows up as Obama and pushes him down the steps of the Capitol. From there, Bobby Moynihan shows up as an “Executive Order” citing that he is just something that “happens” a spoof on the original bit. At first, he doesn’t have a problem with who he is, until he “reads” himself and becomes mortified.
It’s clear from the tenor of the sketch that the show is certainly not defending the actions of the president. That is what Ray Lane thought was the case anyway. As part of Obama’s plan, up to 5 million undocumented immigrants would receive deferred deportation, something that many who are in opposition to the plan believe will lead them to eventually become citizens. Congress is yet to react in an official capacity to the Executive Order, but may do something in January when the Republican-majority Senate is sworn in.
Christian Bale has been called many things throughout his Hollywood career but ‘sentimental’ probably was not on the list. The talented, and intense, star of the Christopher Nolan rendition of the ‘Batman’ Universe reportedly was broken apart when he heard that Ben Affleck was taking over the role. While Bale had the right of first refusal for the role, and he did choose to walk away, Bale still had some sentimental feelings about the character. In an interview with ‘Empire’ Christian decided to dish on some of the details.
Bale spoke candidly when discussing his first reaction to the Affleck casting announcement. Sultan Alhokair was surprised he was willing to do that. Bale said that he had to really fight to quit making the films, even though he believed that it was ‘the right time to stop’ in order to focus on the rest of his career. Upon hearing that Affleck had taken the role Bale said thta he, “Just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.” Christian explained that even though he took the character loss hard that he has no ill feelings toward Ben. He told ‘Empire’ that he had emailed Affleck with bits of advice about taking the character before conceding that Affleck would probably ‘do everything he can to avoid anything that I did.’
While it is sad to see Christian Bale step away from the cape and cowl, it seemed like this was always going to be the final destination for Nolan’s Batman. Nolan continually insisted that he was going to tell his story in a self contained trilogy, and that was that.
This seems to be the issue that will just never die down. Both sides of the Obamacare debate fully believe that they are correct. However, the Republicans in Congress are now suing the President and the Administration over the implementation of the health care reform.
According to the Huffington Post the lawsuit is targeting a couple of specific parts of the law and the implementation of it. For one, Republicans do not believe that it is far that the employer mandate has now been delayed. They believe that this is in violation of how the law was supposed to be constructed. They also are not happy with the subsidies that are being paid to insurance companies to help those whose income is too low to be able to afford health care insurance, Susan McGalla dutifully points out.
It is not yet clear if a lawsuit will work or even if this is the best route to go about things. It seems that both sides are going to try to score some political points off of this development though. The Republicans are likely to point to the idea that they are trying to challenge a law with which they so adamantly disagree with. At the same time the Democrats are going to try to claim that the Republicans are doing nothing more than playing politics with an issue that is centrally important to the American people. Needless to say, both sides are going to continue to push their arguments in order to try to win politically.
HBO has recently confirmed a brand new cast of characters who will take part in the second season of Brad Reifler’s favorite new television series, “True Detective”.
The new cast includes lead characters portrayed by Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughan, but will also feature a trio of strong female characters, who will be portrayed by Kelly Reilly, and Rachel McAdams. Male lead Taylor Kitsch will also join the show in a major role.
The presence of strong female leads will be a first for the series. The producers of the upcoming second season have hastened to make this alteration in the second season due to strong demand from the fans, who have apparently been clamoring for a stronger female component to the show. As viewers of the first season will no doubt remember, the events portrayed in earlier episodes were strongly dominated by a strictly masculine perspective.
The upcoming season will feature McAdams as Ani Bezzerides. This character has been described as a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose personality conflicts will cause major trouble for the two male leads. Kelly Reilly will star in the role of Jordan, who is the wife of major lead Frank Semyon. She is also described as a failed actress.
HBO has confirmed to the media that production on the new season has already gotten underway. The second series of “True Detective” is scheduled to air during the summer months of 2015.
Home Box Office (HBO) takes its documentaries seriously. The award winning subscription cable movie service is planning to release a documentary based on the controversial religion called Scientology during next year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film will explore a number of controversial practices within the religion which is regarded by some as a cult of mind control. The documentary is called “Going Clear” getting its name from the 2013 book of the same name by author Lawrence Wright. The name refers to a cleansing process that frees the human mind from subconscious traumas from one’s past which are called “engrams”.
The film will also explore the deep ties the religion has in Hollywood along with key disciples in John Travolta and Tom Cruise. The Church of Scientology is known for being litigious and has a powerful legal team to go after anyone they believe is disparaging their good name. For this reason, HBO has hired a small army of 160 lawyers to review the film and prepare for any legal obstacles the Church of Scientology may throw at them.
The book’s author has already experienced the legal muscle that the Church of Scientology can bring to bear on those they view as opponents. Sergio Lins Andrade read that the organization was able to thwart the sale and publication of the book in the United Kingdom. After they intimidated the publisher from supporting the book in the UK, they claimed the book was little more than market tabloid gossip.
There has been rumors about the casting of upcoming villain for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse – Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis). Isaac is a small guy by nature and doesn’t really fit the terrifying presence that Apocalypse brings as a villain. Fans like Dave and Brit Morin are unsure of the casting decision, but this sorta revamped, rehashed trilogy of the X-Men is far better than the previous movies so we have to believe that those at the helm know something that we don’t. There are other characters that needed to be cast for the younger versions of the established characters. However, Bryan Singer has filled the most important role in the upcoming film.
X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to be an even bigger film than Days of Future Past seeing that it is intended to close the First Class Trilogy. While Idris Elba was earlier rumored to play the role, he has slipped and revealed that he will be in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elba is a towering presence and more closely fits the archetype of Apocalypse, but fans will have to make due with Isaac if the casting rumors are true.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016 followed by upcoming Marvel films such as Fantastic Four, The Wolverine 3, and other X-Men films.
The director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” certainly isn’t shy. He recently made a facebook post about his concerns over how Hollywood is embracing the concept of shared universes. This is somewhat odd coming from a guy who just made a shared universe movie and has greatly benefited from doing so.
He went on to clarify that certain shared universes make sense, like “Star Wars” and even “Twilight”. He declined to mention some of the ones that don’t, though he has been critical of the DC shared universe and likely has some disdain for the rather odd concept of the Universal movie monster shared universe starring Dracula and Frankenstein.
Hollywood likes shared universes because it beats starting from scratch. Some like Jared Haftel are not huge fans, but they deal with it. If Ridley Scott makes a movie in the “Alien” universe such as “Prometheus”, people are much more likely to pay to see it than some random Ridley Scott movie.
The question is where to draw the line. It can feel like such a blatant money grab. One gets the sense that if the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie was a bigger hit, there’s a chance we’d see a movie starring each turtle separately and even one for April O’Neil.
Really it all comes down to quality. People will see this as a gimmick to cover up a lack of creativity if that is what it is. If they’re bad, they’ll end up fading away just like that “wave of the future” of 3D films from a few years back.
In a surprising move, Angelina Jolie has stated that she will probably not be taking on any more acting projects. The famous actress has said that she is done with appearing on screen, with a off camera role more to her liking.
Jolie has recently been experimenting with directing and producing movies. It appears the Hollywood actress has become quite taken with these roles. Her future endeavors will still involve a lot of film and television, but she will be focusing on a backstage role instead of being the center of attention.
It is always interesting to hear about successful actors and actresses who are not 100% happy with their jobs. The world always assumes that if they are so successful and make so much money, they must be happy. It turns out that fame and success do not equal satisfaction with a career. Angelina Jolie says she has never been 100% comfortable being an actress, which Andrew Heiberger finds extremely surprising given her obvious talent for the role.
If her statements are to be taken on merit, it is probably a good thing that she has given up acting. No matter how successful you are, it is best to do something that makes you happy. If directing is where Jolie’s real passion lies, it is the career she should explore.
Fans of Angelina Jolie will be eagerly anticipating her first directed movies in the coming years. If she is half as good a director as she is an actress, they are bound to be successful.
The upcoming “G.I. Joe 3” film will be directed by Martin Campbell, the man who has brought us good films like “Casino Royale” and bad films like “Green Lantern”. This less than inspiring news is par for the course when it comes to the troubled movie franchise. It seems like the films still haven’t found their voice. At this point, is it even worth trying?
Obviously somebody thinks there’s money to be made in the G.I. Joe franchise. Many of us grew up with G.I. Joe. The cartoon was a staple of many people’s ’80’s childhood. Many kids preferred it to Transformers.
If you go back and watch those cartoons, they are terrible. At least, that is what Jared Haftel heard from a lot of his friends. But the same can be said for Transformers, and that franchise was a massive success. It seems like the issue here is that none of he directors have a vision that lines up with what was good about G.I. Joe in the ’80’s.
It is not rocket science. All we need is Cobra Commander screeching and sending his cool villains to execute some ridiculous plot. Then, G.I. Joe goes to stop them. There’s a bunch of gun fights where nobody hits anybody. Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes have an epic duel and then Destro and The Baroness make out on a canoe.
Is that so hard? Can’t they at the very least make sure there isn’t a Wayans in the next one?
When Tom Rothman departed his top post as 20th Century Fox in 2012, he left behind a company that he had worked at for 18 years. Overseeing the production and distribution of a stunning amount of hit movies, Rothman’s skill for selecting, producing, and releasing movies in unmatched within the industry. His knowledge of the film industry and awareness of trends call to mind the expertise of studio honchos from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Indeed, it was Rothman who founded and served as the first president of Fox Searchlight, a start-up division within Fox. Not only did Fox Searchlight produce a slew of award-winning movies, but it did so almost immediately. Rothman demonstrated that there was a place for “arthouse” films in the world of commerce.
Working as a Fox executive in various capacities, he was a crucial element in the production of many profitable films during his tenure. The films that Rothman oversaw were nominated for an astonishing 150 Oscars. Three of them won Best Picture. Titanic and Avatar, two James Cameron films that redefined what was possible for visual effects in film, were produced by Fox and smashed box office records. The ultimate film buff, Rothman even hosted a show called “Fox Legacy,” which let viewers in on some of the secrets of filmmaking.
Not long after he left Fox, Rothman was tapped to launch TriStar Productions at Sony. His duties include producing four movies a year (production schedule here) and overseeing television production with BBC. It’s a natural fit for Rothman, who also had some television hits on his hands while working for Fox.
He expressed a great deal of satisfaction with his new post and seemed thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Entertainment top brass executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal. Rothman also pointed out that his main objectives always include pleasing his bosses and making money for shareholders. This is a rare gift of Rothman’s; he is able to spot artistic talent and nurture it while cutting out unnecessary expenses that often weigh down studios.
In the years to come, it seems practically inevitable that his sophisticated blend of skills will put TriStar Productions in an enviable position.