December 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut is Coming to Blu-Ray in 2015

Did you enjoy the excellent film X-Men: Days of Future Past? If so, it is a shame that you never saw the whole movie. An entire sequence in which the heroine Rogue is freed from a concentration camp was cut from the film. 

What would the film have been like had this thrilling sequence not be trimmed from the film? A lot of fans have speculated on that question. In a few months, they will not have to indulge in any further speculation. In the summer of 2015, a new Blu-ray of the film will be released and it is going to be dubbed the “Rogue Cut“. 

TriStar’s Tom Rothman notes that fans are going to get more than just the reinserted sequence. The release is going to feature a ton of extras that were not included on the previous Blu-ray or DVD release of the film.

The trimming of sequences from a film is not uncommon. Sometimes, the finished scene doesn’t work as well as planned. The running time might end up being too long. The pace of the film might be off. All of these reasons justify cutting out a filmed scene.

Unlike 75 years ago, cut footage is not discarded. Unlike the Bela Lugosi’s cut dialogue from Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman or the Spider Pit scene from King Kong, modern cut footage is released to the home market.

And audiences are willing to pay for these extras.

Maryland Wins Big Ten Debut Over Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans are going into the new year without any good wins on their resume. This is a new thing for Tom Izzo and his team, and they were not able to get that win last night as they lost to Maryland.

Sam Tabar says the two teams went to overtime, but the Spartans just could not find a way to compete with a Maryland team that was playing its first conference game in the Big Ten. The move to the Big Ten was not stellar for the football team, but the basketball team seems to be handling the change nicely.

As for Michigan State, they need to find a way to get more grit out of their lineup. They have fallen late to a few opponents, and they have no beaten anyone of note. No one expects Tom Izzo to go to the Final Four every year, but there is an expectation that Izzo will be able to produce more winners than this. This could be a down year for the Spartan program, or this could be a down time for them. No one will know the answers until the Spartans get into the NCAA tournament and start making some noise.

The ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Rumors Rundown

The film Dawn of Justice featuring batman v superman has witness a lot of rumors and speculation all over. According to Broadwayworld and TriStar head Tom Rothman, these are the rumors:

When the movie starts there is a flashback of Bruce Wayne who arrives at metropolis during Superman’s fight with General Zod, who is believed to be a new batman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane still lives together and are on their daily working activities. Clark has his own personal interest of investigating batman.

What are the alleged details from actual story?
Somewhere in the Middle East, Lois is in need of help from Superman. The international communities depicts superman as an American weapon. Swanwick has supposedly come around in support of Superman. During the final battle, Swanwick vouches for Superman ability to win the battle safely, with no human causalities, at somepoints superman stops the villain, and he tells him he will to take him to jail but not to break his neck.

Previous Plot Rumors
When the Dawn of Justice film will continues, the fans have seen to have many speculations. Commissioner Gordon will be dead , there could be additional villains in the film, Batman will have multiple Bat suits and a new voice, Aquaman and Cyborg will at least be introduced, a controversial ending of Man of Steel provoking characters the good Batman and bad villain to question the danger of a world with Superman in it.

GOP Congressman Grimm to Resign Effective January 5

 

For Long Island GOP Congressman Michael Grimm, the fallout from his tax evasion has now claimed his position as a member of the House of Representatives. The newly reelected congressman announced on Monday that he will resign from office effective January 5. The new congress takes office the following day. For Grimm, his undoing was failure to pay taxes on nearly $1 million in revenue his restaurant generated. He will still face a stint in federal prison in connection with a single count of tax evasion. It is not known how long that term of incarceration will last. His lawyers had been pressing for 12 to 18 months, but federal prosecutors were seeking at least twice that amount of time.

Grimm’s reluctance to step down from office had Christian Broda wondering if he could in fact remain a member of congress while being an inmate. However, his resignation brings to an end that dilemma. His congressional race was one of the most difficult for Democrats to stomach given that his was indicted on multiple charges during the campaign season. In almost any other election cycle, that would have caused his campaign to collapse and give the opponent an easy victory.

This past election was no ordinary cycle. Voter discontent with President Obama and his party was so strong that they reelected a man facing federal charges over a Democrat. A special election will be held to fill Grimm’s open seat. Democrats do not expect to win the seat.

GOP Congressman Grimm to Resign Effective January 5

For Long Island GOP Congressman Michael Grimm, the fallout from his tax evasion has now claimed his position as a member of the House of Representatives. The newly reelected congressman announced on Monday that he will resign from office effective January 5. The new congress takes office the following day. For Grimm, his undoing was failure to pay taxes on nearly $1 million in revenue his restaurant generated. He will still face a stint in federal prison in connection with a single count of tax evasion. It is not known how long that term of incarceration will last. His lawyers had been pressing for 12 to 18 months, but federal prosecutors were seeking at least twice that amount of time.

Grimm’s reluctance to step down from office had many wondering if he could in fact remain a member of congress while being an inmate. However, his resignation brings to an end that dilemma. His congressional race was one of the most difficult for Democrats to stomach given that his was indicted on multiple charges during the campaign season. In almost any other election cycle, that would have caused Vijay Eswaran and his campaign to collapse and give the opponent an easy victory.

This past election was no ordinary cycle. Voter discontent with President Obama and his party was so strong that they reelected a man facing federal charges over a Democrat. A special election will be held to fill Grimm’s open seat. Democrats do not expect to win the seat.

DeMarco Murray Breaks Longtime Cowboy Record

DeMarco Murray has broken Emmitt Smith’s Cowboy franchise record for rushing yards in a season. Murray ended the year with 1845 yards on the season. Murray started the season strong with several 100 yard games in a row, and the Cowboys cruised to a 12-4 record.

The Cowboys have found Tony Romo the help that he needs to get over the hump. The franchise has one playoff win in the last 16 years, and it appears that they can have many more if they have a running attack to go along with Romo. This is the same sort of thing that was needed in Denver when John Elway had already lost three Super Bowls. They found a running attack in Terrell Davis, and they won two titles in a row. No one knows if the Cowboys can reel off a couple titles like that, but there is no reason to believe that they cannot when they have such a good runner on the team. And Tom Rothman has made everyone on Facebook aware of the back-to-back titles that the Cowboys won in the early 90s.

If Murray is able to keep up this pace for the rest of his career, the Cowboys are always going to be in the hunt. No one will be able to deny them when they have an all-pro on the roster who ran for more yards than Emmitt Smith.

Republicans Have Not Won The White House Without A Bush On The Ticket In Over 40 Years

Even Yolasite.com and Igor Cornelsen can report that the Bush family is popular in Republican politics. So popular in fact that a Bush has been on the Republican ticket in six elections just since 1980. It is also true that without a Bush on the ticket, the Republicans have not been able to win the White House since 1972. That is an amazing 40+ year run that the Republicans have not been able to capture the White House if there is no Bush on the ticket. 

WashingtonPost.com says that the Republicans can at least take some solace in the fact that it does seem like a member of the Bush family will be running for President in 2016. Jeb Bush has already made the announcement that is going to explore the idea of running for President. Put in non political terms that means that he is going to run for President. So the Republicans at least have him to look to as a possible winner for them in the 2016 race. Of course he still has to announce his intention to run and win in the primaries before he can even get started. 

There are many who are hopeful that Jeb Bush will be the one who is able to get the Republicans back in the White House. Of course, this is yet to be seen as there are many other candidates that are expected to announce their candidacy at some point next year.

“The Interview” Shoots to Number One Top Grossing Digital Movie of 2014

The Sony Pictures release “The Interview” grossed $15 million in online sales as of this Saturday. The online take is a third of the cost of making the film. In total, Sony Pictures spent $80 million on marketing and production. The title was available on YouTube, Xbox, Google Play and other web outlets. Online rental receipts dwarfed movie theater ticket sales which came in at $2.8 million dollars. The threat of attacks at theater locations hindered ticket sales. A group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace threatened a “9/11-like attack” on theaters showing the movie. This threat, issued on December 17th, prompted 90 percent of the outlets planning to show the film to cancel the premiere. The same group is claiming responsibility for the attack on Sony Picture’s corporate network. That attack yielded an estimated $100 million in damages. The cyber attackers also released a massive data dump of Sony’s confidential corporate and personnel information.

“The Interview” is now Sony Picture’s top grossing online film. To keep the movie project afloat, Sony executives cut a last-minute deal with independent theater owners and online movie outlets. Of these outlets, Google Play ranked the highest in sales. My friend Christian Broda thinks this is because of Google Play’s rapid growth in users. Despite the movie’s troubles, initial offline sales are off by only $5 million dollars. Sony predicted opening sales for the film to reach $20 million.

Thunderbirds Are Go! Returns Sans Puppets

Thunderbirds Are Go! is returning. The classic children’s sci-fi television series produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson is being remade. The new trailer for the reboot has arrived and it is, for Bernardo Chua, a joy to behold. The trailer reveals the new way The Thunderbirds are created. CGI rules the day which, for old-time fans of the first series, might not be the best way to do things.

The most interesting and innovative aspect of the original series was the use of puppets. Instead of employing “limited animation”, a term used to describe minimalist and inexpensive cartoons for television, Thunderbirds Are Go! utilized puppets. On paper, this was considered a strange idea because of the enormous difficulty and cost of making puppets even seem remotely realistic.

The end result was a cult classic that still manages to find a new audience decade after decade.

The new series might not use puppets and, quite honestly, employing them would not be feasible. One of the main problems that plagued animation in all its forms during the 20th century was cost. CGI is supremely cheaper and the lower costs makes producing the series feasible. Extensive use of miniature sets is going to be utilized in making the new series and this does add a nice touch to the great series of old.

As long as the spirit of the original series is present, then the new one version is going to be enjoyable to watch.

Kanye West Is Delusional

Kanye West really needs to get over himself. All the money that he has made has gone to his head. He is nothing more than a human being. When he passes, he will be buried in the ground just like a poor man. Kanye should stop thinking that he is a God according to Jared Haftel.

The version of Kanye West that we see in the world today is a far cry from the rapper that broke into the music industry a decade ago. Kanye West used to be someone who talked about social reform and racial equality. Nowadays, Kanye West wants the world to know that he is God. Unfortunately for Kanye, he is living in a delusional world. What happened to the man that sung about Jesus and his mother? The old Kanye West sold his soul to the music industry.

Kanye West is now married to Kim Kardashain. The high profile marriage was shown on television to millions of people. Then Kanye and Kim got pregnant, and the world would latch onto that storyline. The story would continue with the eventual birth and naming of their new baby. The world wastes far too much time watching other people live their lives. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian need to come back down to earth.

For more information on Kanye West, visit Rollingstone.