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  • Boxing: A reflection of old racism in a modern setting

    Boxing was once a sport followed by Kings in many regions of the world, it was considered a sport in the most natural basic form. Survival of the fittest, two men face off against each other with only their fists and heart as their weapons. Boxing has always been kept at a distance by the upper crust throughout history who enjoyed it's barbaric nature for the moment but rarely something they actually ever cared about it beyond the event of the spectacle they watched. Anyone who has ever taken the time to study the history of boxing knows that it has been riddled with racism in many ways, even back when newspapers first started covering the sport racist terminology and imagery was used in reference to negro and fighters of non Caucasian descent. This same practice went on for decades until media decided to tone it down and evolve to gain a larger audience. So this would lead one to think that racism in the sport of boxing is now minimal, but you would be wrong.

    It isn't hard at all to find racism inserted into many facets of the sport today from the fans, to the marketing, to the way some fighters get talked about. A sport that at it's core has always been more of a plebeian form of entertainment continues to still insert it's ignorance to this very day. For a long time the top fighters in the world were American boxers, the vast majority of dominant world class boxers were African Americans who used the sport to propel themselves from all walks of life to larger than life celebrities. This was justification for all of the hardships the legend Jack Johnson endured en-route to becoming the first Heavy Weight champion in the world. Johnson's achievement opened a door that we have not looked back from and it served to slowly bridge the gap between the races who are fan of the sport for the decades that came. One would think that with all the documentation on Johnson's struggles people would come to appreciate that a man of any race could take himself from the gutter of any corner of the world and carve his path to greatness on a road paved with fists and much bloodshed. One would think.

    The last twenty years have given us the emergence of some amazing fighters from many regions of the planet. Fighters from the congo, fighters from Russia, fighters from some of the most ill stricken and poverty stricken locations you can imagine. One would think that these guys would be embraced with open arms for the same reason that made guys like Johnson, Dempsey, to name a few amazing heroes. The reality more often than not these fighters are torn down by fans for some of the most ridiculous reasons you can imagine. Taking a week to sit back and browse the most popular of boxing news sites can give you a general idea of what I mean. There are tiers of acceptance for boxers, in many cases it's fans who identify to someone based on their race, followed by what country they originate from, followed by their personality, followed by their fight style. Why is the fight style the final marker and not the first? It seems that the old adage of "Stick to your kind" is well and alive in boxing over a hundred years after Johnson made his historical climb to the top of the sport. That doesn't mean all boxing fans are like this but a large number of them are and many aren't the least bit shy about making this painfully obvious, many will openly admit this if asked. I'm pretty sure some of them might even read this article and call it "bullshit". Then there is the crowd of boxing fans who just love the sport and love the story of coming from the bottom to the top without any bias whatsoever. Those fans get stuck in the middle of mud slinging fights that can easily be seen on any number of Floyd vs Manny articles.

    As a boxing fan i've done everything in my power to find a single site that doesn't have this problem, let me tell you that finding a site of pure boxing discussion without the homering and racial undertones is extremely hard. It gets old reading about how Golovkin should fight Ward because he's some how a coward, despite the fact both men have different ambitions and fight in different divisions. It gets old watching former foreign Olympians and fantastic amateur fighters get ripped to shreds as if they are somehow less special than our  own home grown ones. It get old watching one guy tear down Floyd Mayweather get trashed for being flashy only to see you go praise a hispanic fighter who is doing practically the same but on a considerably smaller budget. The chicken eating, vodka drinking , dog eating insults get old to legit boxing fans. I wish boxing fans took a pause for a moment and reflected on the vast majority of commentary they publicly list on boards across the internet and tried to understand how it reflects. There are classes of fighters based on talent and that is the only benchmark we are to judge these men on, at the end of the day a race, a complexion, a personality does not win a fight. Heart, Strategy, Dedication, Love for the craft, Respect for the craft, and level of opposition makes a fighter great.

    I know the world has expected to boxing fans to be some of the dumbest individuals on the planet, it doesn't mean we have to act like it. This is a sport where even the biggest of rivals meet each other in the center of the ring and embrace each other after the match has ended. If two men who beat the crap out of each other can show respect and appreciation for each other why can't we as boxing fans move beyond our own prejudices and embrace every fighter the same way? It's time some fans start being honest with themselves and realize this may actually apply to them even if they haven't been self aware before. The same blatant racists didn't think a hundred years later the world would view them as despicable for comments made over boxing, yet they do. A hundred years from now someone will be looking at your comments and thinking the same thing we think of those people one hundred years ago. Whether black, white, asian, purple, green, tall, skinny, fat, long, doesn't matter a fighter wins or loses just like any other man when the results are in, he bleeds like any other man when the fight is on, he strives to come out on top like any other man, and we as boxing fans need to respect that without prejudice or bias.

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  • RANT: Jets wouldn't spend when they had Rex Ryan but now spend like drunken sailors for new coach?

    I've been a life long JETS fan, I came along way after Broadway Joe had called it a career thus thrusting me into the laughing stock of fans in New York. We had some years full of hope, we got within breathing room of reaching a superbowl only to see the team owner instantly turn into an economist a short time later. I left the world of being a JETS fan the moment they fired Rex Ryan, not only because they fired a great coach but because as usual the coach becomes the scapegoat for the imbecility of it's owner Woody Johnson. They let go of Revis, Cromartie was too expensive, bringing in aging receivers on the cheap some how made sense (tell us how well that worked out!). Honestly you could've had Joe Montana in his prime handling the pocket duty for the jets in 2014 and they would've done just as bad as they did. Yet let's blame the coaches, from Mangini, to Edwards, to Ryan, it should say that the greatest coach in recent NFL history headed for the highway almost instantly after he became the coach of the team (Yes Patriot fans, it all could've been ours!). Guys like Bellichik know a trainwreck when they see it and he certainly saw enough to jump ship and look how it turned out. Would it surprise me to see the new coach of the JETS ousted within 3 years, in fact I came almost guarantee it if the jets win more than 8 games this year. Expect the current roster to last two years before the front office paper pushers decide we've roped in the fans enough to dump some expensive players and spend the next three years making empty promises. This is the same JETS team that sat back and watched Chad Pennington treated like a dog's chew toy rather than spend some money to protect him in the pocket. This is the same team that spent countless millions bringing Favre to NY Football just to steal thunder from the Giants and dominate the sports section of local papers, improve the team? Why would we do that, it's more profitable to spend for two years and then operate on the cheap. The fact that Johnson let Idzik run the JETS into the ground without intervening on his head coaches behalf speaks volumes of what Todd Bowles can expect, oh they'll love him the first year. They will support him the first year, and the moment the stadium is full to the rafters again they'll start pulling the carpet out from under his feet. The JETS have been in a position to be contenders every years of almost the last decade but of course since the coaches power is extremely limited that all gets undone by the front office. So while it's good news that they just spent $127 million they claimed just last year they didn't have don't expect to see many of those contracts get ridden to their end because of course it's all business and it's easier to sell out games and have an early vacation every year than to spend money long term to win. Yeah they gave Sanchez more money than he deserved, while also using that as an excuse to not sign a top five receiver. Yeah they gave him an extension and used that as an excuse to not spend a dime more. Now the focus is on defense while Geno Smith is expected to take an anemic offense and turn it into a powerhouse. Makes a whole lot of sense, only in the mind of the JETS front office.

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  • Judd Apatow and Netflix team up for 'Pee Wee's big holiday'

    Paul Reubens will return as the eccentric Pee-wee Herman in Netflix's next feature film "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." This is the first standalone theatrical Pee-wee feature since 1988's "Big Adventure" sequel "Big Top Pee-wee," with the beloved kids' series originally on CBS "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and a handful of made-for-tv specials and stage appearances since. Judd Apatow, who honed the project with Reubens, will produce John Lee's ("Broad City," "Inside Amy Schumer," whose lead comedienne stars in Apatow's upcoming "Trainwreck") directorial debut. Reubens co-penned the film with Paul Rust, a story editor on Netflix's season four restart of "Arrested Development." Here's the official synopsis, with production set to begin in March 2015: "A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." No »


    - Ryan Lattanzio


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  • Jessica Chastain signs up for "Huntsman"

    “Snow White and the Huntsman” spinoff “The Huntsman” has added Jessica Chastain to star opposite Chris Hemsworth. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who received an Academy Award nomination in Visual Effects for his work on 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which starred Kristen Stewart, Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, will be making his directorial debut on the follow-up. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ Joe Roth is returning to produce, while Palak Patel will executive produce. Vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.


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  • Amazon orders 'Mad Dogs' full season

    Amazon has made decisions on its latest batch of pilots, giving series orders to "The Man in the High Castle," "Mad Dogs," "The New Yorker Presents" and kids shows "Just Add Magic" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show." "Mozart in the Jungle" also got picked up for a second season. "Mad Dogs" and "Man in the High Castle" were easily the best scripted adult shows of this batch of pilots, and I interviewed both "Mad Dogs" producer Shawn Ryan and "Man in the High Castle" producer Frank Spotnitz about their plans for each show if they got series orders. "Mozart" also turned out to be very enjoyable over its first season, so I'm glad it will be back.  What does everybody else think? Were there other pilots from the latest batch you're disappointed won't continue? » - Alan Sepinwall


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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Begins shooting

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has set sail! Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' comedy adventure began production in Queensland, Australia, Tuesday, the studio announced. The movie will be directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning and is the fifth entry in the $3.7 billion franchise inspired by the Disney Theme Parks attraction. Johnny Depp is reprising his Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow. Of course, he isn't the only person returning for the journey: Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Kevin R. McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) and Stephen Graham (Scrum) are joining the 51-year-old actor for more danger on the high seas. Newcomers include Javier Bardem, »



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  • Top things to watch on Netflix February 2015

    1. Mash: I know this show might not be everyone's cup of tea but this was the number one show in America for so long it's become sort of a cult of it's own. This is the first time M.A.S.H will be available for digital streaming, i'm not sure how netflix pulled this off but we tried to license this show for streaming years ago and ran into a brick wall. This show has an amazing cast that mixes comedy, drama and suffering all into 23 minute episodes that stand the test of time. Starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce and featuring many actors who made appearances on the show only to go on and have successful careers of their own (Pat Morita, George Wendt, Shelley Long). I'm not sure how many of the eleven seasons will be available right away but rest assured that however many episodes they give us it'll be worth your time to watch.


    2. Spartacus: This show was a monstrous success for both Starz and Netflix, it was easily the most watched series ever on Netflix prior to the releases of House of Cards and Orange is the new black. Spartacus follows the story of a Thracian man forced by Rome to serve in it's ranks only to be betrayed, enslaved, and forced to become a gladiator. The show features lots of drama, gore, betrayal, and sex. I am a fan of this show for it's supporting cast more so than the lead characters. Lucy Lawless and John Hannah absolutely steal this show, add to the equation perfect acting execution from the non-gladiators and you have a great recipe that provides one hell of a ride start to finish.
    3. House of Cards Season 3: Kevin Spacey returns (February 27th) in an all new season of the award winning and critically acclaimed series that pits him in the halls of the White House. At the end of the last season Spacey's character ascends to the position of Vice President all while the walls and crimes of his past seemingly are closing in on him. How will he manipulate himself out of this situation? One can only wonder but based on the amazing team behind the show you can expect it'll have you watching closely the whole way through





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  • Mayweather vs Pacquaio: The fight that will come too late

    Since late 2008 boxing fans across the world have been clamoring for a fight between two of the most marketable names in boxing history. In the years since there have been a myriad of reasons why the fight never took place. Everyone has an opinion on this and everyone thinks their opinion is right. The reality that neither fan base can stomach is the fact that fault falls squarely on both fighters and on the fans themselves. Pacquaio and Mayweather were both content to rake in millions of dollars generated by pay per view sales and from guaranteed price purses without fighting each other. As long as they could keep cashing in huge paydays with lesser talented opposition why bother taking the risk? In ways this saga has turned boxing into a wrestling fan mentality where fans of each man are eating up facades of narratives purposely put out there by them or those who manage their careers. The reality is both men had everything to lose by answering which of the two was the better man, gone would've been the near mystical aura that surrounds this fight, gone would be the plethora of free advertising both get by simply being mentioned in the same article as the other. The reality is that both men did not want this fight despite what has been said publicly for reasons already stated, the failure to accept the inherent risk of losing is to be completely blind to reality. Mayweather has enjoyed much fan fare for his talents but talents alone do not bring in tens of millions per fight to his pocket. He can negotiate insane purses for himself because he has the undefeated title to pitch and it comes with a hefty price tag. Losing that takes one bargaining chip off the table. While Pacquaio has lost a few times in his career as long as he's viewed as the man that can dethrone Floyd people will tune in to see if he still has it and if he still merits all the hope placed on his shoulders by his fans.

    Now there are rumblings that this fight is close to actually being made, but does it actually matter? Yes and No. Yes because it will satisfy one fan bases arguments for the past six years. No, because these are shells of athletes now potentially facing off. We will not be seeing the best version of either man if this fight is ever made, that time has come and gone. They are still very dominant but they are also openly acknowledging the years catching up with them. Both men have publicly shown the changes they've made towards training and fighting, their natural abilities from six years ago are heavily dulled. The Mayweather from six years ago would've never been rocked by Maidana with that overhand right down the middle. The Pacquaio of six years ago would've left Chris Algieri a steaming heap of man gathering his wits at the end of a ten count. While the tank for both men still has some gas left in it, no fan can realistically think that the outcome of this fight genuinely holds any weight historically. It won't, at first it may but overtime the argument will be the real one "it came too late". To me dt doesn't matter who wins, i'm fully aware they aren't the same. They'd be pretty much beating on today's faded version of each other which to me holds little to no weight as a fan. The only reason for this fight to happen today is to satisfy those fans who still view these men as the 2009 version of themselves and to finally put to rest the ever existing argument of a fight being made about them. When that final bell rings one side will be happy, the other side will not.  Both men will be considerably richer and boxing fans robbed of fighting two giants of the sport who waited until the milk went sour before stepping into the ring against each other. At 36 and 38 years of age their primes are long gone, so AARP may consider sponsoring this event because in the world of combat sport which is boxing 36 and even moreso 38 is practically senior citizenship. People can use Bernard as an example of fighters fighting beyond their late 30's and late 40's but that doesn't apply here, Bernard is only answering questions about himself. He isn't trying to prove he's the greatest of all time nor the best of his generation.

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  • Heroes: Reborn? No thank you!!

    So the geniuses over at NBC who let the super hero show Heroes die a horrible death in search of ratings discovered the show was actually popular after it became one of the most streamed shows via services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Now that CW and other have jumped into the comic book realm successfully here comes NBC with the bright idea of bringing back this show. Personally I find this choice a huge slap in the face, let's not be so quick to forget that NBC would not even green light a closing episode to the series. They flat out gave up on Heroes while it was on the air, the network itself put so much strain on the creative team to be a ratings winner that it veered so far from it's trajectory that by the end of its final season fans began to cry "put old yeller out of its misery".

    The best thing NBC could've done was to let this show go into the hands of someone who would show it proper respect via creative as well as it's fans. I was a huge fan of Heroes and it pained me greatly to watch such a great show become another piece of network tv fodder. Can't draw in the audience we want? Why not go completely off the rails and perhaps insulting the audience might help get us viewers. Heroes served a huge lesson to me as a viewer to never become too enamored with a show because ultimately some suit is going to decide he or she will cave in and dump a show and instead replace it with some cheaply made tried and true generic comedy sitcom. The demise of Heroes actually pushed me away from broadcast television and into more of a streaming person. The death of Heroes made me a compulsive consumer of full seasons in a sit down or two. I rarely watch a show as it airs now because again someone pushing papers holds the shows fate in their hands and simply because it's Monday may decide to kill it off. Another example of this was Alpha, a show loved by its audience yet cancelled without closure. Ironically Parks and Recreation got a bigger chance to survive than something as ground breaking as Heroes.


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  • Top five things to watch on Netflix this month January 2015

    As we've been doing we are back with our top suggestions of things currently available on Netflix this month.


    Peaky Blinders WikipediaPeaky Blinders: Two full seasons are available of this Netflix original starring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. The show takes place just after the first world war featuring Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby the head of a traveling family involved in the gambling hustle. The show is staged well around a set that looks authentic and a cast of characters that make this show enjoyable. We highly suggest you take a look at it.



    Hercule Poirot Wikipedia

    Agatha Christie's Poirot Seasons 7-11: Hercule Poirot is back for more, watch as the little grey cells unravel cases for the famous Belgian private detective. If you enjoyed the first six seasons fret not the show never loses it's subtle humor and it's well acted scenes. Although some characters are not as prominent in this phase of the long running show, new ones come to the fold guaranteeing new chemistry throughout new travels.



    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Martin Scorcese brings the flash bang of fast living and fast money in this tale of ambition, greed, and over indulgence. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jordan Belfort notorious a stock trader that rose to the greatest heights of power, sex, drugs, and money only to see it end from behind the bars of federal prison. Jonah Hill brings hilarious acting as his right hand man Donnie Azoff who met Jordan by coincidence and followed him all the way up along the way participating in some of the most outrageous moments in corporate history.

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  • Final "Hobbit" movie crushes Friday box office

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the box office on Friday, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie essentially tied for second place.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $16.58 million yesterday, which brings its three-day total to $51 million. It was up 67 percent from Thursday, which is a bigger jump than any of the Lord of the Rings movies had at the same point.For the three-day weekend, Battle of the Five Armies should earn at least $50 million. That would translate in to a five-day opening at $85-million-plus, which is a very solid result.Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to an estimated $5.63 million on Friday. That's a fairly disappointing number for this big-budget threequel: in contrast, the first Night at the Museum earned $12.1 million on opening day back in December 2006. This opening puts Secret of »




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  • Amazon fire tv stick is officially now out in the wild

    Amazon decided to continue it's trend of one upping it's competitors by jumping into the battle for your living room tv with its own direct competitor to Google's chrome stick. Amazon came out swinging from the gate, unlike many of it's competition by having a plethora of ready to use apps on day one. As most consumers know apple tv, Google chrome, roku, and others had rocky launches due to the large variety in licensing conflicts they encountered. Amazon who has also jumped into the original series game via it's prime video service worked out all of these conflicts ahead of time. Due to it's size and what it offers the device is a legitimate threat to all others. The other media hubs that match it in size don't have the amount of content amazon offers, and those who could match it come in bigger products. Hopefully Amazon keeps making strides to separate itself from the pack as this item will be a hot one with Christmas gift seekers.


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  • Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, and Sylvester Stallone sign on for 'Animal Crackers'

    Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, and Sylvester Stallone will lend their voices to Animal Crackers, EW has confirmed. Scott Christian Sava and Dean Lorey wrote the script for the film, which Sava and Tony Bancroft will direct. The story follows a family that inherits a rundown circus and a mysterious box of animal crackers. The crackers turn the people into the animals they eat, including lions, and tigers, and bears—oh my. Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven Symone, Harvey Fierstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tara Strong, and Lydia Taylor round out the voice cast. Sava is producing through his Blue Dream Studios »


    - C. Molly Smith


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  • Minnie Driver Joins Cast of Peter Pan Live!

    Look who's all grown up! NBC has announced that Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver will play the part of Adult Wendy in its upcoming TV musical Peter Pan Live!"We're thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own." That cast includes Christopher Walken as Hook and Girls star Allison Williams, who sports green tights and a pixie cut, »


    - Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford


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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Sixth Season

    Downton Abbey” has been renewed for a season six, ITV and producer Carnival Films announced on Thursday.

    The official “Downton Abbey” Twitter account also tweeted the news.


    Friends, #TeamServants have such wonderful news to share with you all! #Downton

    Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) November 6, 2014

    The British drama will go into production in 2015 with Julian Fellowes writing.

    The news comes months before season five debuts in the U.S. on PBS on Jan. 4. Season five will complete its run in the U.K. on Sunday.

    “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” said executive producer and Carnival’s managing editor Gareth Neame in a statement. “This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters. »


    - Alex Stedman


    See full article at Variety - TV News

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  • ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Title Revealed

    The title of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” has officially been given a name.


    Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography. #TheForceAwakens #StarWarsVII

    Walt Disney Pictures (@DisneyPictures) November 6, 2014



    The tweet also announced that the highly anticipated film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has completed principal photography.

    Abrams is directing the pic that stars John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher also reprising their roles.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.



    - Alex Stedman


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  • John Lasseter to Direct ‘Toy Story 4,’ Out in 2017

    John Lasseter will return to direct “Toy Story 4.” Disney will release the Pixar film in June 2017.

    Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger made the announcement to Wall Street analysts as he discussed the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results.

    Toy Story 3″ was released in 2010 and earned nearly $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.

    Iger gave few details of the fourth film in the franchise other than announcing Lasseter’s return to the director’s chair.

    Walt Disney Animation Studios, which produced the highest-grossing animated film, “Frozen,” is currently gaining praise for “Big Hero 6,” out this weekend.



    - Marc Graser


    See full article at Variety - Film News

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  • Will Smith ready to reclaim his throne with "Focus"

    Will Smith has had mixed results the last few years with several projects coming up short of what's come to be expected. His focus having shifted more into production he'd find himself cast in roles that didn't suit him very well. That's all about to change with 'Focus' Starring Smith alongside Margot Robbie. The film is semi romantic crime drama but it's bringing back the charismatic acting of Will Smith with full force. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself.


    Focus Official French International Trailer #1 (2015) - Will Smith, Margot Robbie Movie HD


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  • 'Z Nation' great possibilities but will it ever live up to it?

    'Z Nation' is the latest Zombie show to hit the airwaves in a long line of miserable failures in this genre, anyone watched Amazon's "Zombieland" series? Z Nation is the story of survivors of a world overrun by Zombies much in the same vein as The Walking Dead, minus the budget and great cast. While Z Nation takes a different approach at times, its cast is so horrible that it makes it difficult to watch. Citizen Z is a military man on a remote icy army base who is attempting to help to guide survivors to the coast of California. Amongst the survivors there is one who carries the cure to the virus that leads the dead to rise. Citizen Z is about the only character on this show worth paying any actual attention to, the man with the cure is horribly cast and written as a complete and utter coward who values his life over showing any camaraderie with those trying to keep him alive.

    It seems the writers for Z Nation decided to take the worst cliches of every bad zombie project and squeeze them into their script leaving very little to like about the characters and even less to make the audience relate to them. This show is more of a kick ass and take names sort of approach yet the ass kicking is about as lame as one can imagine. In order to salvage this show the network will have to seriously invest in it's budget, bring back guys like Harold Perrineau (Michael from Lost) and add some seasoned actors who aren't going to chew up the scene and make us feel like we should be watching this show. Killing off characters on this hot mess should be fairly simple, it is a zombie show after all and adding new characters should be simple enough to write into the story. That and perhaps dumping some more money into this budget to reinvigorate it's direction. Oh and please fire the entire or the vast majority of the writing team behind the show because it seems they have no idea what makes a great sci-fi show work.

    Let's hope someone at the network is seeing this as the public is and gives this show another chance to get itself going because at the rate it's going we are already expecting a cancellation of it after one season.

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  • Why 'Eureka' is still missed

    Syfy's golden goose Eureka had a run of five great seasons that sadly came to an end due to budget issues. It seems Eureka's cost of production versus it's profitability presented issues to the network and its creators. While it can be argued that this show was hands down Syfy's best show flat out it seems that SYFY is more interested in low cost production with healthy profit margins. That's all fine and well but when it comes at the expense of arguably the best thing you've ever done it some people are going to seriously be pissed off. The reality is that Eureka was not a ratings juggernaut but it was the most discussed show on Syfy's entire lineup, the free promotion these discussions provided was priceless and immeasurable. Testament to the importance and public love for this show is evidenced by it's run on streaming services such as netflix where it still remains one of the most popular shows service wide.

    Eureka offered an interesting dynamic of comedy and science, something that is rarely achieved with a good enough balance to carry a show through five years. Each episode of Eureka taught it's viewers something new about science in a way where it was tied into the story line so it didn't really feel like a lesson but yet the lesson was there. One would imagine that Syfy could've bit the bullet and continued to fund this show and found it's profit margins elsewhere, such as the digital licensing for this show which i'm pretty sure isn't a light one, even licensing out earlier seasons to other networks. When Syfy was purchased by a new parent company sadly nobody seemed to sit down and come up with additional ways of monetizing Eureka a show which had plenty of room for brand marketing. From tablets, to phones, to cars, and beyond this show could've aired a few more seasons while having it's episode budget covered by brands such as apple, samsung, etc. There were product placements in the show such as degree but i mean come on....deodorant?

    As long as Eureka is available to stream via services like Netflix we fans will continue to watch because honestly what else out there matches the degree of this shows potential. Here's hoping some other brand decides to pick up the rights to the show and do right by it. Most of the cast is still devoid of recurring roles that would prevent them from signing back up, but at least we can enjoy Colin Ferguson as the new Maytag man.

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