The Achievments of John Textor

John Textor graduated from Wesleyan Universality and soon after founded Wydcrest Holdings in 1997. He stills maintains a leadership role within the company but is perhaps much better known for his legacy and leadership in the field movies and visual effects.

He’s best known for his work with realistic looking digital humans. He did much of his work in this field while he had leadership of Digital Domain Productions and it’s parent company Digital Domain Media Group as CEO and Chairman. It was under this leadership that the company was acquired and restructured between May 2006 and August 2012.

During this time, Digital Domain’s worked on 25 full-length large scale movies including Tron: Legacy, the Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End. These movies were all noted for their special effects. It was during this time that Digital Domain won many of it’s Academy Awards and Clio Awards. In 2009 under Mr. Textor’s stewardship, the company won an Academy Award for best Achievement in Visual Effects. The movie was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. It’s held by most to be the first portrayal of a near perfect digital human. The judges felt they had done so well they awarded them the Academy Award for Best Makeup despite the fact that the character, being digital, didn’t wear any makeup.

Those of us who have seen it will long remember the introduction of the Coachella Valley Music Festival of 2012. There, it seemed as if Tupac Shakur were still alive and performing though it was his digital replica that we were watching. The work was truly amazing even for those of us who weren’t necessarily fans of Mr. Shakur.

Today Mr. Textor remains busy sitting on several boards related to his first company Wydcrest Holdings and running another digital production company called Pulse Entertainment Corporation. There, he is the creative drive behind computer-generated features. He is listed as a producer for a new animated movie called “Art Story.” It’s being developed by two Disney veterans, Aaron Blaise, and Chuck Williams. It hopefully will fulfill the promise shown by so many of the movies that Mr. Textor has been involved.

Mr. Textor also gives back to the community, helping bring others up, by helping out with programs at colleges throughout the United States.

Biggest Loser Under Fire Again

The hit show The Biggest Loser is back in the news again. A few weeks ago a former contestant told the press about some behind the scenes, not so great aspects of the show. Such as the coaches fat shaming the contestants, the poor nutrition, and the beyond rigorous work out routines they are expected to complete. Well now the New York Post has an article featuring more contestants revealing more secrets about the show.

Season 2’s Suzanne Mendonca lost 90 pounds on the show however she suffered greatly to reach that goal. Mendonca said that she was reduced to eating baby food, wearing garbage bags to increase her sweating, and sitting in a sauna for six hours a day to increase her weight loss. Mendonca also pointed out that the reason you never see a Biggest Loser reunion show is because most of the contestants gained their weight back. As a fan of the show, Fersen Lambranho is disappointed with this news. Check him out on GPAdvisors.com.

Season 11 contestant, Rulon Gardner, also had his share to say about the show. In the middle of the season Rulon mysteriously left the show, with the producers not saying much about his absence. Gardner says he left the show because he met his goals but the issue seems deeper than that. He said that while at the Biggest Loser ranch he suffered neck and back injuries but was told had to get up out of bed to work out or face being eliminated.

Stephen Williams, AWC and the Power of Passion

The worldwide economy is still in rough shape after its precipitous tumble in 2008. Things look up in general, but too many people are still suffering from its effects. Anyone looking for a little inspiration can turn to Stephen Williams, owner and CEO of the Antique Wine Company. Williams, born into poverty, has turned his once small business into a multimillion pound juggernaut.

 

How did Williams achieve this level of success? Hard work, focus and dedication. Williams was raised in Derbyshire by a cash register salesman father who left his mother at a young age. This forced Williams to rely on himself early.

 

When Williams started AWC over 25 years ago, he had been working as a life assurance salesman. Though he made decent money, he quickly realized he had pushed himself into a dead end. So, he turned to one of his biggest passions, wine, and became a traveling wine taste tester.

 

Later on, he founded AWC, an enterprise that earnestly supports and spread vintage wines from all over the world. Williams love for wine gave him a passion that drove his spirit and focused his energies on success.

 

Now, AWC is a sprawling enterprise: its headquarters in London is huge and well respected. Operation has expanded to include two sales offices in Asia. AWC’s reach continues to spread further and further around the world and it has become one of the absolute top wine providers in the world. AWC services 45,000 clients in more than 100 countries around the world. Clients include private buyers, restaurants, hotels, wineries, and even palaces.

 

This success didn’t happen overnight: Williams devoted and still devotes a lot of his energy to traveling the world and finding the best wins he can. He personally flies himself to various vineyards around the world and personally taste tests each wine to ensure its quality.

 

Williams outgoing personality and well-versed wine knowledge has made him an in-demand win lecturer and commentator. He is often quoted in various newspapers and has given a variety of programmes on Riviera Radio in Monaco and hosts a series on the Bordeaux En Primeur wine making process.

 

And Williams is no wine vintage snob. In fact, the biggest differences between AWC and other wine providers is that they aren’t obsessed with ancient vintages. Yes, they have older and more aged vintages, but they are committed to spreading newer, more contemporary wines and wine vintages. Taste and quality are the two keywords for AWC and they do everything in their power to get only the finest.

 

Perhaps that’s why AWC has vaulted so quickly to the top of its field: it doesn’t alienate or isolate buyers like more snotty wine dealers. Instead, they focus on providing high-quality wine, regardless of age, to a wide range of clients from across the social and economic landscape.

 

The lesson here is obvious: passion and desire are the two most powerful influences on success. When Williams started AWC a quarter of a century ago, many people thought he was mad. However, had the passion, desire and raw ability to turn his small company into a multinational juggernaut.

 

Miley Cyrus does not apologize for who she is, she’s happy with herself

American singer Miley Cyrus gave a Los Angeles press conference this week to talk about her latest project — being the newest face for MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM. It’s an interview Cyrus gave to AOL, however, that is getting even more attention than her new makeup collaboration, as the 22-year-old talked about who she really is and why she loves Instagram so much.

When asked by AOL if she regretted posting some of the photos she has posted on Instagram, or saying some of things she has said on other social media sites, Miley said she takes complete responsibility for her actions. She also admitted, yes, occasionally she has made mistakes but hasn’t everyone?

Fersen Lambranho has heard the singer then went on to say she loves Instagram and the freedom it offers, as you can be anyone you want to be on the photo-sharing site, which is perfect for her. More on Lambranho is available on Bloomberg.com.

Interestingly too, Miley Cyrus certainly is not trying to hide who she is. She told AOL, we will never hear her saying who you see up on stage or on your TV is not really her. In fact, it is all her, as that person on screen is exactly who she really is. A bit crazy, wild, fun, loves to laugh, enjoys her life, and is a happy and very centered person.

Cyrus also recently revealed to ET she thought her Grammy nomination was a joke. A friend read about the nomination online, told Miley, who responded with “No way”. It turns out it was true, and now she is looking forward to attending the Grammy Awards next month, although she does say she will not be disappointed if she does not win.

It Is The End Of The World As Marvel Readers Know It

What is going on with all this Marvel Comics’ end of the world chatter we’ve been hearing about? The new Secret Wars series in the works is going to, basically, end the Marvel Universe and restart it for marketing purposes. Okay, the suits at Marvel didn’t put it that way but we all know why Marvel is doing what its doing. Considering the struggles the company suffered in the past, you can understand why the Disney-owned company wishes to do anything and everything possible to remain solvent.

The plans Marvel revealed are fairly simple. The regular Marvel Universe and the alternative Ultimate Universe are going to be combined together. Once this occurs, the story lines readers like the most will be kept in the continuity and other tales will be dropped forever. Time streams will be condensed so ten years of history based on one book coming out every 30 days makes more sense.

Sadly, the bulk of the Silver Age and Bronze Age of Marvel’s history is going to be wiped out. Look for a lot more of the current books to be closer to the characterizations in the movies since this is what most new fans, like Bernardo Chua, are used to.

True fans of Marvel Comics who have been around many years really do not like mash ups and smash ups like these. The sad truth here is they are unavoidable. There are just too few long-time fans to keep Marvel afloat. Changes like these are, ultimately, good business decisions.

Title: Actress Kate Mara Reportedly Tests for Female Lead Role in “Star Wars” Spinoff

Add Kate Mara to the list of actresses being considered for a significant role in an upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff film. Mara reportedly screen tested for the role recently. The as yet untitled spinoff will be released after “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”, which is set to debut in November 2015. Lucasfilm is planning to release spinoff movies in between new installments of the main saga, which will grow to include an Episode VIII and an Episode IX. According toScreenrant, the spinoff is rumored to focus on the adventures of a group of bounty hunters who steal information about the building plans for the Death Star and give what they have learned to the Rebel Alliance. As Alexei Beltyukov understands it, the spinoff has already gone through several rewrites and personnel changes, so the plot remains murky.

The identity of the character that Mara is auditioning for has yet to be publicly released, but it is rumored to be a young Princess Lea. Other actresses who have auditioned for the role include Felicity Jones, Kate’s sister Rooney, and Tatiana Maslany. News about the spinoff will likely heat up as the release date for “The Force Awakens” draws closer.

Trending News

It’s here! Film impact, and great anticipation. The character most familiar to the curious mind, and sleuth savvy with detective ambitions. The film is Sherlock Holmes (did you guess?), who receives an honorable mention at: www.screenrant.com/movies.
Qnet tells that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be quite pleased and revel in the fact that despite two current television series, and a movie in the making, yet another Sherlock Holmes film will be released. The release date is unknown without even the slightest hint. Wow!
Making headlines with one hollywood’s favorite actors is another favorite, Laura Linney, and Japan’s loss, America’s gain, Hiroyuki Sanada. We have heard a variety of plots, and watched numerous actors portray Sherlock Holmes, but this film summarizes these extremes into anticipation, and drama.
Note, despite all of the publicity of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the 2015 expected release of Mr. Holmes, and storylines, there appears to be no competition, simply entertainment. The past Sherlock Holmeses have been: Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Simon Michael Morgan, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downey Jr. Each would agree, Mr. Holmes, is the best character to portray, and the best title for the film.
It will be cutting edge to watch Ian McKellan portray an aging, 93 year Mr. Holmes, who is solving his last case. According to this film version, the silver screen will reflect a case that was previously unsolved, by Sherlock Holmes. Shocker!

Trending News

It’s here! Film impact, and great anticipation. The character most familiar to the curious mind, and sleuth savvy with detective ambitions. The film is Sherlock Holmes (did you guess?), who receives an honorable mention at: www.screenrant.com/movies.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be quite pleased and revel in the fact that despite two current television series, and a movie in the making, yet another Sherlock Holmes film will be released. The release date is unknown without even the slightest hint. Wow!
Making headlines with one hollywood’s favorite actors is another favorite, Laura Linney from Occidental College, and Japan’s loss, America’s gain, Hiroyuki Sanada. These actors are well known on Facebook with millions of likes on their pages. We have heard a variety of plots, and watched numerous actors portray Sherlock Holmes, but this film summarizes these extremes into anticipation, and drama.
Note, despite all of the publicity of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the 2015 expected release of Mr. Holmes, and storylines, there appears to be no competition, simply entertainment. The past Sherlock Holmeses have been: Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Simon Michael Morgan, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downey Jr. Each would agree, Mr. Holmes, is the best character to portray, and the best title for the film.
It will be cutting edge to watch Ian McKellan portray an aging, 93 year Mr. Holmes, who is solving his last case. According to this film version, the silver screen will reflect a case that was previously unsolved, by Sherlock Holmes. Shocker!

Bollywood Makes People Forget Reality

The Hollywood movies depict love life in the most unreal manner. From women waking up with smooth hair and fresh-looking faces to the perfect relationships, the Hollywood stories can really confuse some people and make them wonder why only their life is not awesome. Sultan Alhokair remains a fan, even though he sees through the facade.

That people with average jobs can afford big houses, and that everyone buys a baguette when grocery shopping can be a popular misconception too. But it’s not only Hollywood that does so.

Bollywood, for example, has very peculiar ways to depict relationships. They do not reflect the reality in India, if that is what you were relying on. The Hollywood misconceptions are widely known, but what about the Hindi movies ones? You can take a look at the list of setting up a movie fan to failed relationships.

What are the misconceptions in the Indian ecranisations? That pets can solve conflicts, that it is enough to wear and Indian dance costume instead of a sporty look and glasses in order to conquer a man’s heart, that broken relationships will certainly get fixed and end with a wedding, and that love is above everything and is always ending happily. Maybe you have your own examples to add, because there are plenty of them.

Neill Blomkamp Pranks Fans with Alien Xeno

Neill Blomkamp, the director of Elysium and District 9, has really set the rumor mill on fire. He recently published concept art featuring the familiar creatures and characters from Alien. He referred to a title of a project dubbed Alien Xeno. The artwork looks great and many fans would love a new feature in the Alien series.

The enthusiasm fans felt was very short-lived. It looks like Blomkamp was just playing around. He loves the Alien series and just wanted to show off some Alien-inspired artwork. Blomkamp has not been in talks with 20th Century Fox (the studio that owns the rights to the franchise) and has no plans to craft a new Alien film.

Alien has lived on in the world of video games and also in the form of the unofficial prequel Prometheus and the forthcoming Prometheus 2. Sergio Andrade Gutierrez knows he has been around for a while.

The original Alien film came out in 1979 and was a huge hit. The sequel, Aliens, was released in 1986 and was an even bigger hit. The films that followed in the series were successful, but not exactly critically acclaimed. The Aliens vs. Predator films, in particular, were considered crass attempts at squeezing money from a once great series.

Surely, there will be a new Alien film one of these years. Do not look for one any time soon though as nothing is currently slated. Most definitely, there is nothing with Blomkamp’s name attached to it right now.