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The Internet has been abuzz since music video director Joseph Kahn released a 14-minute not-for-profit fan tribute to the Power Rangers franchise on Vimeo and Youtube that provided an alternate universe continuation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as adults in a dystopian society in which the Machine Empire took over.

Within an hour of its release, news of the short spread like wildfire because it had the best qualities of great action films, video games and music videos. It also had an all-star cast that included James Vanderbeek and Katee Sackoff in starring roles as former Red and Pink Rangers, respectively.

Called “Power/Rangers,” the film explored the idea that Rocky turned on the rest of the Power Rangers, became a supporter of the Machine Empire and the world fell to the Empire’s will. It showed Rocky interrogating Kimberly to find out the location of the last surviving Power Ranger: Tommy.

Producers Jil Hardin and Andi Shankar state it is a satire commenting on the recent obsession in Hollywood of rebooting classic TV shows and movies with extremely dark plots, but the owner of the Power Rangers franchise, Haim Saban, feels that they have overstepped with the film and has issued a copyright infringement claim resulting in Vimeo removing the video. Zeca Oliveira (fluminense.com) has heard that YouTube has not pulled it yet and as of Thursday, February 26, the video has been viewed more than 11 million people.

The Antique Wine Company was founded in 1982. They specialize in rare and fine wines. The company is based out of London. Stephen Williams is the founder and he has extended his client base through hard work and dedication. He is now the CEO of The Antique Wine Company and has helped to expand the company by adding two sales locations in Asia.

The Antique Wine Company currently holds over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest vintage wines. They store the wine in cellars. They helped to create the Grand Chateau Series. The Grand Chateau Series is handcrafted wine cabinets that contain the top nine Chateau. Each contain 18 bottles. The AWC sold a single lot of wine for one of the highest prices ever paid for wine. A single lot of wine was sold for $1.5 million dollars in 2006. It was a 135 year old vertical collection.

The Antique Wine Company is well-known for being an international merchant of fine wine and spirits. They are one of the world’s largest fine and rare wine dealers. The company’s products are composed of vintage wines that are capable of becoming the antiques of the future. The company only trades in fine wines. They offer exclusive services and stocks. This is one of the reasons they are highly sought-after. They offer advice about wine cellars that are held in grand hotels, private residents, and in Chateau. The Antique Wine Company has a strong relationship when it comes to customers and that is why customers prefer them over other merchants. They are passionate about vintage and rare wines. The selection to choose from is exceptional. They have featured wines available and they also offer recommendations to help you find a wine to suit your taste buds. If you have never tried a bottle of vintage wine then order you a bottle today!

Giuliana Rancic is one of the co-hosts on E!’s Fashion Police show. Giuliana, along with the other co-hosts, were ready to critique celebrity fashions during the 87th Annual Oscar Awards a few nights ago. Giuliana’s comments about one star, though, have gotten her in a little hot water.

Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG know that Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman was the target of Giuliana’s now deemed inappropriate comments. Zendaya displayed a new hair-do on the red carpet, long dreadlocks. Giuliana commented that she imagined Zendaya would smell like patchouli oil and weed. That comment did not go over well. According to the story on The Hollywood Reporter, Giuliana has issued a public apology to Zendaya.

Giuliana’s comments about Zendaya’s hair were called racist, which I’m not sure I agree with. As far as I’ve always known, patchouli oil and weed are associated with hippies, not a particular race. Not to mention, the show Fashion Police is known to poke fun at celebrities and the styles they have chosen. I could not imagine former host and comedienne Joan Rivers apologizing for a quip like that. I have a feeling that part of this uproar may have something to do with Zendaya being a Disney Channel star. I also wonder if this means that the Fashion Police hosts will now be holding back with their comments, afraid of repeating what happened with Giuliana.

Everyone knows that the way television networks make money is by showing commercials. These commercials are about a variety of products, including toilet paper, dog food, and laundry detergent. Ricardo Guimarães BMG says the more commercials a network can show viewers, the more money they will make.

One of the ways that some networks have tried to squeeze in more commercials is by speeding up television shows. They have specifically done this to older shows and shows about are running again. For example, the network TBS found a way to use compression technology to speed up the popular movie, the Wizard of Oz. Pop-culture writer Stephen Cox noticed that the voices in the show of the munchkins were at a pitch that was higher than he recognized. He was right. Not only has TBS done this, but TNT and TV Land have also used this technology to speed up other shows. They have done this with Friends and Seinfeld.

There is another way that television networks are trying to fit in more ads. One of the ways that they have done this is by cutting out some of the opening credits, or condensing them. For example, the introduction of the television show Law and Order used to be one minute and 45 seconds. Now it is 24 seconds. Many individuals feel upset about this because they feel like this is not the way that the show was originally written, shot, or imagined.

As was originally expected and rumored, the narrative of the Game of Thrones HBO series is going to veer off from what is presented in the Song of Ice and Fire novels. George R.R. Martin has revealed characters who live in the books are going to meet an untimely end in the TV series. While this might irk serious fans of the novels, altering the path of the original works makes sense on several levels.

For one, a new season of the television series appears each and every year. Season five debuts in April of 2015 and season six and seven are already renewed. The television series is going to go in front of audience eyes long before the new Game of Thrones novels are published.

Published? The books have not even been written yet so Martin can only offer “ideas” he has in mind about how things will play out.

And then there will be those actors and actresses looking at greener pastures some Aquion Energy employees think. Movie offers are rolling in for some of the stars. Not taking advantage of silver screen deals would probably be unwise. Even if an actor or actress wants to stay, problems may arise. Perhaps HBO does not want to juggle schedules and opts to just write characters out. This is a risky move since audiences could end up being very angry.

However things play out, one thing is for sure. They won’t play out predictably.

 

I was probably just as shocked as Dan Newlin  when I saw this story on The Daily Mail this morning that Host and comedian Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show after 16 years. He began hosting the program back in January of 1999 after the original host Craig Kilborn left.

The Daily Show has thrived under Stewart’s hosting. With Stewart, the show has won 18 Emmy awards and has won the award for the Best Variety Series from 2003-2012. The show has also won two Peabody awards due to their election coverage in 2000 and 2004. The Daily Show has also had some very talented corespondents who have moved on to to become A-listers such as Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, and Rob Riggle.

Jon Stewart is set to leave the show when his contract expires in the Fall of 2015. Rumors are that corespondents Samantha Bee or Jason Jones may be taking the reigns.

For me, Jon Stewart is a staple on the program. Right around the time the Stewart began hosting the show I was old enough to understand and appreciate his satirical humor. I grew up with Stewart as my favorite anchor and I’m having a hard time picturing who Comedy Central could get to replace him. I’m sure many of their options would be good but they certainly would be no Jon Stewart. Good luck to him and whatever he decides to move on to!

Fans like Alexei Beltyukov who, according to Twitter are highly anticipating the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron’s arrival in theaters might be thrilled to learn a new television spot has been released online. A bit of disappointment is going to set in though when you learn the TV trailer has no actual new footage. The tighter running time definitely gives you a feel for what to expect from the film.

There are two very important things of note in the trailer. First, we learn that Tony Stark created Ultron to battle things even The Avengers cannot handle. The trouble is Ultron goes rogue and becomes and evil menace capable of taking down Earth’s Mightiest Mortals.

The other interesting aspect of the trailer is we see The Hulk featured very prominently as he battles a Hulkbuster. The Hulkbuster looks a lot like a giant Iron Man so, who knows, maybe The Hulk is at odds with the team at some point in the feature.

The one good thing about The Hulk being kicked out of The Avengers is we could finally see a really good Incredible Hulk film made. Clearly, Marvel knows audiences love this version of The Hulk or he would never be pushed in the advertisement or featured so prominently in a subplot in the film.

Maybe we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves here. Let’s see how Avengers: Age of Ultron plays out before we start thinking about The Hulk in a solo film. Clearly though, the events in this feature will carry over into Captain America: Civil War.

John Textor is the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. Textor helps produce hugely popular digital productions in movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

John Textor became CEO of Digital Domain Media Group. The company has done visual effects for more than 80 large scale films, and 25 of those films were under Textor’s leadership. Some of the films produced under John Textor’s reign include Transformers, Tron: Legacy, Real Steel, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Textor also helped the company to an Academy Award for the first realistic digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which received the Achievement in Visual Effects award in 2009. After his work finished with Digital Domain, John Textor moved on to become executive chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse is the digital production company that specializes in the use of computer-generated human likeness.

John Textor was also a producer. As a producer, John Textor has worked on the movie Ender’s Game and is currently working on another project called Art Story. His leadership has also produced virtual versions of celebrities such as Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. With Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival 2012. These virtual version of the celebrities were a hit with the population, and only boosted his reputation.

Now continuing to work on his virtual version of people and Art Story, his career is helping shape the film industry. John’s hard work and dedication to his career really helped push it forward. To this day, he is still in the film industry and producing new and innovative products for the audience to enjoy.

NBC may just be laughing all the way to the bank. As producers of the show “The Biggest Loser”, the broadcast giant enjoys an average weekly viewership of around 7 million interested people. In addition to that, they get an average of 200,000 people a year auditioning for a chance to be physically and emotionally annihilated all in the name of good television.

Instead of the supportive psychological and physical coaches they appear as on broadcast television, the trainers and especially the producers seem to have a much darker agenda, and it all comes at the expense of the contestants. Apart from signing away story rights, contestants (referred to as “losers”) are kept under close watch inside their hotel rooms while not filming. Phone calls and emails are monitored in the most gestapo of fashion.

As a show built up and marketed as one that stands firmly on the principles of personal accountability, dedication and desire, many ex-contestants paint a much more morbid picture. Some have gone as far to label the show as a fat-shaming disaster that they are embarrassed to have been a part of. Bernardo Chua has even heard that ex-contestant Kai Hibbard even explained how a woman with a torn calf muscle ordered by the show doctor to rest was goaded by the production staff. They ordered her to run and when she could not, they simply edited the film to make her look lazy and combative.

A market built upon the suffering of the unfortunate might not be what viewers expect. It certainly seems, however, it is exactly what NBC wants.

Many pedestrians can relate to the danger of walking on busy streets and dealing with distracted drivers in a hurry to get somewhere. Many drivers don’t know who has the right of way when dealing with pedestrians and bikers at busy intersections and many cites such as New York City are hoping to deal with the rising problems associated with recent pedestrian deaths.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to try and curb pedestrian deaths after thirteen occurred in the city during his first month in office. He also had a goal of eliminating traffic deaths by introducing the goal know as Vision Zero. He is among many leaders in the country looking to form a collaboration between drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, street designers and traffic police to help make the streets of his city safer for everyone.
The use of roundabouts and other speed reduction techniques is one of the first steps in providing safer streets. Speed reduction is a huge component in vehicle and pedestrian crashes as even an increase in five miles per hour can be the difference between a fatal crash involving pedestrians. Mayor de Blasio struggled to push through a reduction in speed limits in the city from thirty miles per hour to twenty five miles per hour. This has led to many complaints and other problems concerning the increase in traffic congestion. Good street lighting and putting in crossings for the elderly are other factors that may help with pedestrian safety. Fersen Lambranho gives feedback on this idea at Abril.com.