The Career and Impact of John Textor

John Textor began his current career in 1997 when he became the cofounder and managing partner of Wyndcrest Holdings. Wyndcrest Holdings is a private company based in Florida. The company focuses on entertainment, telecommunications, and the internet. He has ran many different companies over the years. In 1999 he became the director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse. He also became the chairman and CEO oSims Snowboards. He became chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Media Group in 2006.

Mr Textor has done some very innovative things in the movie industry. Under his leadership. Digital Domain Media Group has produced movies such as Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, Transfers, and Tron Legacy. The company has produced 80 large scale films, with 25 off then under Mr Textor’s leadership. The company also won an academy award for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the first believable digital human actor. They achieved the Achievement in Visual Effects award in 2009. Interestingly, it was so realistic it also won an award for best make up.

After working with Digital Domain Media Group, Mr Textor went on to become executive chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse is a digital production company. They specialize in application of computer generated human likeness. As executive chairman of Pulse, he is responsible for special projects, strategic partnerships, rights acquisition, venue partnerships and relations with major media companies. He is currently involved with extended use of photo realistic digital humans. He has produced Art Story, an original animated film, as well as Enders Game, a science fiction fantasy.

One of the most fascinating things Mr Textor had done is resurrecting people like Tupac and Elvis Presley with holograms. Tupac appeared at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012. IMDB told that he also created a Michael Jackson hologram for the Billboard Music Awards. The Pulse company is also doing some interesting things. Not only do they make “virtual humans” for movies and concerts, they also use their technology for things like advertising and medical applications and training. This has allowed them to make an impact in many different markets.

The Value of Visual Effects

The importance of valuable visual effects in films and other available visual media is often overlooked. Some of the greatest minds have thought up the most magnificent creative fictional story lines for movies. However, to get these thoughts down on paper is one thing and to truly make your audience visualize the film is another. High quality visual effects are vital for films to become more realistic and intriguing to viewers. For example; a good film director can create the idea of a volcano erupting or a bizarre monster coming to life but only a master of visual effects can transfer these images from paper to the human eye bringing them to life and making them truly astonishing and more realistic and entertaining to viewers.

Visual effects have actually been around much longer than you probably think, they have simply advanced. These intriguing effects have been used since about 1876- that’s almost from the beginning of movies entirely. These effects have became more and more advanced over the years and now visual effects have the amazing ability to make movies look more realistic than ever. The art of visual effects gives the film maker the ability to create any story they want without fear of how they’re going to make it come to life on film.

When we really analyze visual effects in action films from nearly 40 years ago and compare them to the advanced technology and visual effects in action films today, we can easily see the dramatic difference these visual effects truly make. Movies are so much more enjoyable to watch because fictional characters, unique places and dramatic events such as crashes and explosions look drastically more realistic. The visual effects in action and horror films have advanced far more than anyone could have ever imagined years ago. Some of the most astonishing visual effects were created by John Textor in popular films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End; Transformers; and The Golden Compass. These are just a few movies that prove with advanced technology and high quality visual effects, a whole new world can come alive within a movie and take your mind to an entirely different place.

A Game of Thrones Without Jon Snow

Will fans ever forgive Zeca Oliveira and HBO for killing the extremely popular character of Jon Snow (vote on Kit Harrington did a wonderful job of bringing the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark to life in the series Game of Thrones. His presence is most definitely going to be missed.

The character was also killed off in the novels so his demise was not a shock to all the people who tuned in for the program’s season finale. In the novels, however, there is a chance he may return. Such is not going to be the case with the television show.

Are fans going to be so disappointed with the loss of Jon Snow that they turn their back on the HBO series? No, that is most definitely not going to happen. The overall quality of the series is going to keep loyal audience members returning. Since Game of Thrones is defined as a soap opera that eventually comes to a definitive end, fans understand that major characters do end up dying.

Jon Snow was such a beloved character, many believed his tale would eventually end with him sitting on top of the Iron Throne. He had been ignored in life due to not being a legitimate son. What a wonderful storybook ending the series would present if Snow ended up becoming the leader of the Seven Kingdoms.

Such was not to be. George R.R. Martin’s realistic and cynical vision of the world would prevent such an outcome.

Can Male Writer Really Understand Female Characters?

Over the weekend, Joss Whedon received so much backlash about his Avenger: Age of Ultron Black Widow portrayal/dialogue that he quit Twitter on Monday. This incident has prompted many women to wonder if men should ever be the only writer(s) creating dialogue and plots for strong female characters in films and TV shows.

Mikal Watts said that after all, most men continue to be taught from an early age sexist and misogynistic ideas. The most recent complaint is that Whedon seems to believe all strong, childless women secretly want kids and would be willing to give up their “jobs” to have them. Obviously, there are women who do so every day. Yet, as with men, there are plenty of women who don’t experience any sort of reproductive ticking clock behavior.

This isn’t the first time that Whedon has misunderstood an important part of the female “experience.” In the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, all of Buffy’s powers were distributed to girls and women all over the planet. Many critics and fans considered this an empowering moment for Buffy because she was choosing her fate.

Yet, it really wasn’t an accurate or positive female representation. Buffy suffered horrifically because her powers were thrust upon her. There’s no way she would agree, based on past characterizations, to act like the male shamans of ancient times and do the same to other females (i.e. take away their choice).

No Judge Dredd 2

Susan McGalla says that although a cult classic that did well financially after the box office in DVD and Blu-ray home sales, paid On Demand and home streaming viewing, the reboot of Judge Dredd that featured Karl Urban in the title role did poorly worldwide in box offices even against the original that had Sylvester Stallone in the role.

Alex Garland, who wrote the Judge Dredd script, revealed last week that he does not believe that a sequel will be produced any time soon no matter how many fans and critics continue to beg for one because of the bad box office numbers.

He did emphasize that he felt a sequel, or another reboot, might eventually occur because of the film’s cult status since that is the case with most cult movies, but he does not believe that he or the original creative force and cast will be involved with that movie.

As many people around the world now believe that Karl Urban appeared to have portrayed a version of Judge Dredd that was truer to the comics than Stallone’s, Garland’s announcement has resulting in sadness and frustration.

Garland also told fans to not invest their money in the current Judge Dredd products in an effort to get a sequel because he feels that they are wasting their money no matter how much he appreciates their efforts.

Super Troopers 2 Could be Happening

Comedy team Broken Lizard created one of the best comedy films of all time. Super Troopers came out in 2001 and was a surprise hit. The film is still popular nearly 14 years later which is why Broken Lizard have decided that it is time for a second Super Troopers film. That is, if you are willing to help.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, the comedy team wants to make the film, however they need to raise the money to do so. The studio the team is working with has agreed to distribute the film however they are responsible for funding the actual filming. Major CEOs say that this is where you come in. They have a page set up on IndieGogo where they are asking for the public’s help. Broken Lizard are hoping to raise at least $2 million to make the “bare-bones” version of the film. If they can raise more than it will all go to making the movie a little bigger and better.

Broken Lizard have a month to reach their goal amount. So far, in 21 hours of creating the IndieGogo page, they have nearly reached their minimum goal of $2 million. They are about $400,000 short, with 31 days left to reach it. At this rate I think they are going to reach and exceed that amount by far. Based on the funding they have already received, I think it is clear that movie-goers are excited for a new Super Troopers film.

Vin Diesel Memorializes Paul Walker with his New Daughter’s Name

According to the story on StarPulse, Vin Diesel announced on the Today show that his new daughter was named in honor of his late friend. While choking back the tears, Diesel told host Natalie Morales that he and his girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez, named their newborn daughter Pauline. Diesel said throughout the delivery and while cutting her umbilical cord, Walker was heavy on his mind. Flavio Maluf said Vin knew then what they had to name their baby girl. He told Morales that naming her after Walker was a way to keep his memory alive and still a part of his world. Diesel and Jimenez also share two other children, 6-year-old Hania and 4-year-old Vincent.

Walker was 40-years-old when he died in a car crash in 2013 where he was the passenger in the wreck. His final film, Furious 7, is coming out in a few weeks on April 3rd. The film was not complete at the time of his death, so his brothers stepped in to fill his spot so the film could be finished. During a recent screening of the film in California, Diesel introduced the film to the audience, doing his best not to break down. He told the audience that the relationships in this film were real, that’s part of what makes the film so special.

Hunnam in Yet Another Street Role

Anyone hoping that 34-year-old English actor Charlie Hunnam might explore less violent or gang-related roles now that Sons of Anarchy ended this past year will have to wait a bit longer.

Hunnam is currently working on an alternate universe take on the King Arthur legend called Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur by director Guy Ritchie in which he plays a “street rat” known as Arthur Pendragon who is part of a gang in the city of Londonium. Arthur, after finding Excalibur, is forced to fight with a resistance and follow his true destiny to become the next King of Britain. 

I was talking to someone while waiting at the Amen Clinic who made a good point: after so many years we finally get to hear Hunnam speak in that British accent again. Also, given that Sons of Anarchy was an alternate take on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it appears that Hunnam may prefer roles involving British historical or stage stories even though he did take on the lead role of Jaeger pilot Raleigh Beckett in the 2013 Guillermo del Toro action film Pacific Rim and this year co-stars in another del Toro film called Crimson Peak, which the director has described as a “ghost story and gothic romance.”

Jude Law and Eric Bana also have roles in K.O.R.T. as the main villain Vortigern and Uther Pendragon, respectively. Guy Ritchie plans for this movie to be the first of a six-film series based on the the English and French 1485 publication “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Thomas Mallory. K.O.R.T.’s current release date is scheduled for July 22, 2016.

Neil Blomkamp Interested in Alien Franchise

Neil Blomkamp has had some successes in Hollywood. However, he has not always had it easy in the industry. His breakout was District 9. Elysium was another good film that he has done. Recently, he has been working on a next Alien installment. This was inspired by a conversation that he had with Sigourney Weaver who has starred as Ellen Ripley. The heroine of the series who dies at some point and is brought back to life via cloning with a little bit of Alien DNA.

Blomkamp has revealed very little about his project except that he wants Sigourney Weaver to star in the film, which Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is definitely all for. There is no telling when the movie will take place. It could take place between Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, or it could take place after the events.

The Alien franchise started off with 2 good movies directed by Ridley Scott and James Cameron. David Fincher took over as director for the third film. Alien 3 was met with many problems and studio interference during the production. What resulted was an incoherent third entry to the series. An assembly cut was later released for the DVD which provided a substantial improvement to the story. However, the film was dark and depressing even for an Alien film. Other entries into the Alien universe were Alien vs Predator movies, and Ridley Scott’s return to the universe with Prometheus.

Jurassic World May Feature Lots of Hybrids


Jurassic World Could Have Multiple Hybrid Dinosaurs

The Jurassic Park series is set to make its big return this summer, in the form of Jurassic World and man Zeca Oliveira can’t hardly wait! Only this time, there will be more to deal with than just the normal dinosaurs shown on the big screen.

As far as the main plot goes, Jurassic World is what the Jurassic Park was going to be, a fully-functioning amusement park on a tropical island filled with dinosaurs. The main feature in the newest movie in the franchise features park scientists genetically engineering some dinosaurs and making at least one new hybrid dinosaur, the main one being named Indominus Rex.

However, while the Indominus Rex is the major hybrid dinosaur that is supposed to be “the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World,” it is very possible that other potential hybrid dinosaurs are also lurking behind the scenes of the movie. One potential creation would be a “Stegoceratops,” which actually started from a toy collection on the market for advertising the movie earlier.

The chances are that the “Stegoceratops” won’t be featured heavily in the movie, if at all, but considering that the Indominus is the very first genetically created hybrid dinosaur in the entire series, there’s no saying that there will not be other ones to follow right behind it, in order to fully show it off for the movie.