Some stunt actors are calling for a boycott of this year’s Oscars for the Academy’s refusal to put in a category awarding the best stunt in films. Despite the incredible skill that go into stunts and the risks stunt people take to perform a great action scene, they are not being properly recognized for their effort. The Oscars have awards in other technical areas such as makeup, set design, and special effects all the while stunt people remain in the dark.
Stunt actor Jack Gill has been campaigning for inclusion in the Oscars since the early nineties. Last year, over a hundred stunt performers from throughout the industry protested outside the Academy's office and gathered over 50,000 signatures including big names like Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger on a petition demanding recognition during the awards despite being one of the oldest professions in Hollywood.
In the early years, circus performers would be hired in chase and other action scenes. As stunts got more elaborate in the 60’s and 70’s, stunt actors had to perform greater feats. Many multi-million dollar franchises including Rambo, Terminator, James Bond, and Indian Jones relied on the visibility of stunts as each tired to outdo the other.
In Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the remake of Mad Max, stunt actors were praised for their efforts and professionalism. Stunt actors plays a huge role in making the film experience authentic, yet the labour of it often goes unrewarded. Stunt actors aren’t paid millions of dollars or put on the front of movie posters like leading men and women like Tom Cruise, Jason Statham, Dwayne Jonson, and Milla Jovovich.
James Cameron has just announced the new Terminator film will be called Dark Fade. It has already built up a steady buzz as it’s the first film to star both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton since the classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day which really launched the film series into a franchise.
A promo photograph was released last year showing Hamilton sporting short, spikey grey hair and a shotgun, looking positively badass. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is obviously the star of the franchise, most fans are most excited to see Hamilton return.
The film will be helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller and produced by Cameron. We don’t know much about the storyline which has been kept under lock and key, but according to rumors it will ignore the events that took place in both Genisys and Salvation, paving the way to take the franchise in a new direction. We assume there will be heavy CGI effects to make Schwarzenegger look like a younger version of himself. Hopefully, however, they will do a better job than they did with the patchwork in Terminator: Salvation when Schwarzenegger as the Terminator made a cameo appearance – although they have 10 years of technology to improve the special effects.
Stephen King has become popular ever since the most recent adaption of IT grossed 700 million, making Hollywood producers sit up and take notice. After the success of the first installment, it didn’t take much time for IT's second part to be greenlit and will be released later this year.
Now Pet Sematary is being remade with Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. There is a lot to be excited about judging by recent trailers, especially Lithgow’s performance who has successfully jumped from comedian to spooky character actor.
Pet Sematary is one of King’s most underrated books. It plays on people’s basic emotions, of love and loss, and the need to fix tragedy by any means necessary. It plays on the timeless theme of: If you could bring a dead loved one back somehow, would you? We know that the answer should be no but sometimes we can’t help ourselves. The recent Netflix original series Sabrina based upon the comic book, and takes more than a couple ques from Stephen King’s work, also asks the same question.
This is not the first time that Hollywood gave Pet Sematary a big-screen telling, as the first film has become a bit of a cult classic, but also stands as a movie that hasn’t aged incredibly well. King’s stories have a Shakesperean tragedy element to them, asking eternal human questions that can be just as effective to a new generation.
Hollywood has a huge influence on our we act and how we think. There it’s reasonable to believe that as we take cues from films, they should represent us – especially when they deal with history. However several of this year’s Oscar contenders have been accused of historical misrepresentation. Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors have always believed that story, plot and character should come first before facts but what effect does that have on the average filmgoer?
When Green Book became an Oscar contender despite its controversy, historians and film buffs started an outcry. won top prize at the Toronto film festival in September, it became an instant Oscar front runner.
Green Book tells the story of African American pianist Donald Shirley and his Italian American driver Tony Vallelonga as they undertake a tour of the Deep South in 1962. Along the way, Shirley is refused service in stores, excluded from restaurants and physically assaulted. At the start, Vallelonga is hostile towards Shirley and black people in general. When he gets to know Shirley, though the film his attitude changes as he sees Shirley as a regular guy not deserving of prejudice.
Green Book is a mainstream audience that is designed to be a hit with Oscar board members. Shirley’s real-life family have reacted with anger, asserting that this film was basically a fabrication and in reality there was no close friendship between the pair. The family heavily criticism the filmmakers for not consulting them.
'A group of Canadian mothers are trying to get a date with Hollywood hunk Jason Momoa. 'Movies for Mommies' is a group that organizes movies for mothers and their newborn babies. The group was created because a lot of mothers love going to the moves but feel they can’t go with a crying baby for fear of disrupting the audience. This group gives mothers the opportunity to have the same experience in a baby-friendly atmosphere. It has features like changing tables and free baby wipes at the mother's disposal.
The group got the idea of inviting Jason Momoa because he is currently in Vancouver filming a science fiction series for Apple TV. 'Movies for Mommies' wants him to show up for the groups screening of Aquaman. 'Movies for Mommies' has tagged Momoa on social media, hoping he'll see it and make an appearance.
Momoa's star is definitely on the rise as he is scheduled to make an appearance in the next Fast and Furious film. Momoa has gained a reputation for being an easy-approachable and fun-loving guy who likes to interact with his fans. Previously, he was in hot water after he played Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Throne series after he joked about getting to rape beautiful woman on the show. Momoa later apologized for his comment in an Instagram post. The comment sparked particular outrage as it came on the Heels of the Me Too movement and the behaviour of some of Hollywood’s biggest players. However, unlike some other Hollywood Stars, he seems to have bounced back from his off-colour comment.
Jeridoo Universe is excited to announce that Bilal: A New Breed of Hero was awarded one of the top 10 best movies of 2018 by IMDB and one of the Best 100 Animated movies of All Time by USA Today.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero was produced by Ayman Jamal of Barajoun Entertainment. Jeridoo Universe distributed the film in German countries including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland through streaming and DVD releases. They also marketed and dubbed the film.
The film depicts the true-life story of Bilal, who, known for his beautiful voice, was freed from slavery and rose to a position of prestige as a loyal follower of the prophet Muhammad and is considered the first muezzin, a religious leader who recites the call to pray in the mosque.
The story begins with a young Bilal who dreams of becoming a famous warrior. However, he is captured after an assault that kills his mother, a former princess of Abyssinia which is now modern-day Ethiopia. He is then sold to a rich trader in Hijaz named Umayyah.
Hijaz, which is part of present-day Saudi Arabia is during the 7th Century an important trade center where powerful merchants oppress the poor common people. However, Bilal never gives up hopes or his dream of becoming a warrior. He believes he will be free one day, and although Bilal and his sister, a beautiful young girl, spend their childhood under the persecution of Umayyah, their bond remains strong. Both Bilal and his sister miss their mother. To help with the loneliness and captivity, Bilal sings his sister songs which help keep their hope alive.
Television landscape is changing. The allure of big gigs like the Oscars, the Super Bowl, and the White House Correspondents dinner are not attracting the major talent like they have in the past. Pundits in the industry might cry out in desperation but does the average person really care anymore? Star talent no longer want to be associated with the Oscars – and for good reason – which is a problem of the Academy, but how about the regular movie goer?
Kevin Hart was supposed to host this year but he recently quiet after an old homophobic tweet came to light. The fact is that nobody is around to replace him is telling how far show business has fallen. No longer are we captivated by Hollywood like we used to be. Streaming services show that you don’t necessarily need a big star to be successful.
Without a host, this will probably be the lowest-rated Oscars in their long history. It is the host that draws viewers, that keeps the whole oversized beast together and moving along. Without a host it will be like a film without a main character. The last time this happened was in 1989 when the opening act was a strange amalgamation of Robe Lowe and Snow White – need we say more?
You can’t say the Oscars haven’t tried to stay relevant and edgy with hosts like Chris Rock and Seth Macfalane, choices you wouldn’t necessarily associate with the staunch Academy. Then there was the bizarre paring of James Franco with Anne Hathaway but none of these seem to work to increase viewership. The real question may not be about the Oscars but how can we expect them to compete when they are battling a general decline of television viewership as more people are cutting cable and making do with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.
Who says great things don’t come to those who wait? The premier of the long-awaited action-adventure, comedic science fiction sequel Iron Sky: The Coming Race will be released January 16th 2019, starting with theaters in Finland and then expand internationally to audiences worldwide.
The making of the film wasn’t easy for this $20 million Finnish-German-Belgian co-production which got a portion of its money from crowdfunding through Indiegogo. It took over five years to produce and had to survive a lawsuit, visual effect complications, and budget problems. Principle photograph was shot in Belgium in September of 2015 but the real challenge was in post production when the filmmakers started on the groundbreaking visual effects. There were several false starts but we are happy to announce the wait is finally over.
The budget kept blowing up and Director Timo Vuorensola didn’t want to settle. Thankfully Iron Sky fans won't be disappointing by the quality of the finished product. Just check out the extended trailer HERE.
The film was largely executed produced by 120db Films, a group of Finnish investors, crowdfund supports, and Jeridoo Universe who reached a distribution deal with the filmmakers. Other rights have already been sold to several other territories including northern Europe, France, England, China, India and Japan.
In the middle of the longest government shutdown in US history, we have gotten our hands on some leaked documents that Donald Trump is dealing with an even greater national crisis – and the real reason he wants to build a Wall.
“There is no truth to the rumours,” said Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders who we managed to reach by cellphone. “The Wall is great and it’s there to keep out unwanted illegal aliens.”
But what type of aliens are we talking about? Perhaps not the Mexican kind. For years there have been rumours about a Nazi military base on the moon and a cover up but there has been no proof until now.
The reporters at Jeridoo Universe have been put into contact with what we can only name as a "top United States military official" who has given us some leaked emails that the government shutdown isn’t all it seems.
“The government shutdown is not about the Wall at all,” this unnamed official said. “It’s given the government employees a head start to run for their lives.”
But run from what? The leaked emails between Donald Trump are extremely disturbing and would make any sane money want to run for the hills. They show a correspondence between a party that can only be identified as Fuhrer_Alphie@yahoo.com and Trump himself about a prehuman colony of dinosaurs ruled by a person named the Vril and a race of reptilians led by Adolf Hitler.
written: Guido Baechler, Executive Producer Iron Sky 2
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