Archive for January 2018

Bendis to Write for 1,000th “Action Comics”

Brian Michael Bendis is going to have a big start as he moves to DC Comics, writing a backup story in the 1000th issue of Action Comics.

Bendis has been a mainstay at Marvel for years, with his most famous work on The Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men. He was a founder of the Ultimate Universe, created important characters like Jessica Jones and Miles Morales and also took the likes of Luke Cage, Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew back into the limelight. However, last year he announced plans for an apparently amiable split from his Marvel roots, instead joining the other member of the Big Two for the first time.

And if you are going to go to DC, you might as well take on its most famous character, right? Action Comics is the longest running Superman title, and will be the first major superhero comic to reach 1,000 issues in April.

Dubbed Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman, this will be a major event: the issue will be 300 pages long and cost $29.99. It will include reprints of older stories as well as new work by not only Bendis but Dan Jurgens (the current Action Comics writer) and the team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (who write Superman). Not a bad way to start a new job.

Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman comes out April 11, 2018.

Oprah For President In 2020?

So unless someone was living under a rock or really tuned out of the social media world we all live in, the latest thing to talk about in celebrity news is the speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes while accepting the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award. In her impassioned speech, Oprah called out all of the abusers and stated to young women that there is “a new day on the horizon”. After her emotional speech, many speculate that Oprah may be the answer for a Presidential candidate in 2020. But my question is why?

Because she is eloquent? She should be, Oprah has had many hours of practice, after all, she made her living talking, questioning, and giving impassioned speeches. Or is it because she a champion for women? That is true, but in an Instagram posting the singer, Seal posted pictures that were examples of Oprah’s long standing casual friendship with Harvey Weinstein stating that Oprah knew what kind person Weinstein was. Unfortunately, I and many other people would find this plausible, as Oprah is the type of person who would enter into a movement and endorse that movement for the good publicity.

I am not an Oprah hater, but a person who realizes that people are human. We all have backed the wrong person at one time, but I believe that we do not need another celebrity running for a political office, we need a leader who’s biggest interest is the people they represent. Us.

How Rian Johnson Prevented “Star Wars” Spoilers

Rian Johnson used a fairly simply trick to make sure that spoilers for his new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, didn’t get released to the public: he just avoided connecting to the internet.

“I typed Episode VIII out on a MacBook Air. For security it was ‘air-gapped’ — never connected to the internet. I carried it around and used it for nothing except writing the script,” he explained in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Though of course, the device itself constituted a possible security breach for the precious information, which is why he kept it in a safe at the Pinewood Studios. “I think my producer was constantly horrified I would leave it in a coffee shop,” he quipped.

The strategy proved quite effective; while there was much speculation about the film and its many mysteries, none of its secrets were leaked before release, which these days is quite impressive.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has naturally been a financial success, earning $1.230 billion after about a month. It has also proven to be quite different than other Star Wars flicks, which has proven somewhat controversial among the fanbase. Critics generally liked the newer take on the franchise and its themes, while debate rages among the average viewer about whether or not Johnson took the series in a good direction.

Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected for release soon, scheduled for release May 25, 2018.

How Much Money Is Too Much Money?

The entertainment industry is a crazy train loaded with people who put a dollar amount on acting talent. I understand that everyone deserves to get paid for their time, but sometimes I think egos can go too far. Case in point, more attention is being given to the inequality of women versus men, especially in the entertainment industry since the large amount of indiscretions reported involving men. I think, like everything in America right now, we have a weird view of what constitutes reality. For example: In the latest news, there is an American actor that made $1.5 million dollars compared to the $80.00 a day his female costar made for the same amount of time, same reshoot schedule. They both have an equal part in an upcoming movie, the difference was the female actor never demanded more money, she stated that she was already paid for her original part. The male actor wouldn’t consent to reshoots without more money.

How is this an acceptable thing? The one thing that I have a hard time with is this: We have millions of people who work hard in this country and live paycheck to paycheck to keep their families afloat and at the same time America has this imbalance of priorities. Too much emphasis is put on idea of being a celebrity and obtaining wealth instead of strong core values such as hard work and integrity. I wonder what other countries think of that type of thinking, because I for one find these values disturbing.

Seal Wrants Against Oprah Winfrey, Calling Her ‘Part of the Problem’

Billionare celebrity TV host and actor Oprah Winfrey made headlines on Sunday when she gave an amazing speach about how and why she wanted her daughter to grow up to be president. Since then she has been praised by millions of people around the world and and called on by some to run for president, especially by many white liberal women who look at her as a icon of style, power, and grace. Despite causing the hastag #Oprahforpresident to trend on social media, not everyone, including some of her biggest fans and supporters think it is a good idea.

In fact a backlash of black celebrities have asked people, particularly white women to stop calling for her to run for president. While these supporters think she is well deserving of the acclaim that she is given, and many of them aplaud the idea of a strong black woman as president, most of them agree that she is not qualified and she should not be forced to run. On Wednesday, Seal went a step farther explaining why he thinks that Oprah is part of the problem.

In his rant, which he posted on his Instagram account, Seal posted several photos of Oprah Winfrey cozying up to Harvey Wienstien with the caption, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” He went on to call her a hypocrite and accuse her of knowing about Wienstein’s victims, but choosing to do nothing in order to further her career.

Jennifer Lawrence Gets Bailed On

As the common adage goes celebrities are just like us. This weekend Jennifer Lawrence proved that to be true, because no matter how high profile of a celebrity you are, your friends will still change their minds last minute and destroy the best-laid plans.

Though not attending the Golden Globe Awards herself, Lawrence had planned to attend the after parties with her close friend Emma Stone, who was nominated for her role as Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Lawrence had obtained the tickets, arranged a car, and brought her hair and makeup team over to her house to get her camera ready. While halfway through her glam session, Stone called Lawrence to say that she didn’t feel like going out, but rather would like to spend the evening staying in at Lawrence’s house.

Lawrence let her glam team go home, even though her makeup wasn’t complete. Once Stone arrived at her house, Lawrence made her take a video of her half-done make-up. Lawrence then posted the video, in which she looks like a living before-and-after photo, to her Facebook page. In the video Lawrence exclaims, “I was halfway through glam when you told me that you didn’t want to go. You just wanted to come over to my house, so I sent my hair and makeup team home and now this is what I look like” as she slowly turns to reveal her two-faced look to the camera. It happens to the best of us!

Waititi, Hemsworth Have “Thor 4” Ideas

Chris Hemsworth, the star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor movies, and Taika Waititi, the director of its final entry, have spoken up about wanting to give the character a fourth movie and apparently have some ideas of how they should do it.

While the first two movies were considered middling entries into the franchise, Thor: Ragnarok has quickly become one of the highest-rated superhero films of all time and second in the MCU. It also made an astounding $850.37 million, hundreds of millions more than the previous two films.

Though Marvel generally stops each mini-series at three films, those results have made some fans wonder if there could be a fourth adventure with the God of Thunder coming. And according to Waititi, he and Hemsworth were discussing that themselves over their New Year’s Eve festivities.

“We were throwing ideas around,” but added that, even more than wanting to make another Thor film, the pair just wanted another chance to work together. “That was one of the most enjoyable creative partnerships I’ve ever had.”

When asked about the chances of this actually happening, however, Hemsworth says that it largely depends on what happens to the character in the upcoming movies, Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, which is so far unnamed.

“I finished shooting and now they are going to edit it and see how the stories play out. There are so many interwoven scenes and stories and characters,” he said.

Seal Criticized Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech

The musician Seal has criticized Oprah Winfrey for her much-lauded speech at Th, arguing that her comments about discrimination and abuse in Hollywood are hypocritical.

On his Instagram account, Seal posted pictures of Oprah hanging out with Harvey Weinstein, the producer whose alleged crimes brought on the ongoing #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. In one she seems to be kissing him on the cheek.

Over the pictures, Seal wrote “When you have been part of the problem for decades… but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” Under the pictures he added the comment “Oh I forgot, that’s right….. you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed [sic] actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.” He added the tag #SanctimoniousHollywood.

Chrissy Teigen was one of the celebrities who came to Oprah’s defense, saying that everyone has heard rumors about everyone, apparently implying that it would have been irresponsible for Oprah (or others) to act on mere speculation.

Seal’s comments come after much praise for Oprah’s speech, which she made while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (She is the first black women to receive this honor.) she called for an end of bigotry and a furtherance of women’s rights, and won praise from everyone to Hollywood insiders to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. Many are even calling for her to run for president in the next election, which is in 2020.

HOPE: The Contribution of Troy McQuagge and USHEALTH Advisors to the Society

Corporate responsibility programs and philanthropic works are just an inactive or lesser priority job for the vast majority of the companies. While most companies just want to show that they are contributing to the communities, there are a few companies they get the fuel for their business from the active participation of philanthropic and community works in the society. USHEALTH Group is a perfect example of the companies that give top priority to charity and works that are aimed to improve the communities in the United States. All the initiatives are led and encouraged by the CEO of the insurance provider, Troy McQuagge.

The most prominent philanthropic initiative of the firm is none other than Helping Other People Everyday, which is called by its acronym HOPE. The initiative is the collaboration of the management and staff of USHEALTH Group along with its independently contracted advisors, generally known as USHEALTH Advisors. The advisors of the firm are called as USHA or Agents of USHEALTH Advisors. For the HOPE members, the mission is part of the daily life, and it is focused on bringing positive and influential changes in the lives people in the society.

Interestingly, HOPE was started in the year 2010 under the visionary leadership of Troy McQuagge. It has captured the attention of societies as well as people over the years with committed and efficient services across the United States. Since then, the firm has grown significantly, almost ten times, in the market under the leadership Troy McQuagge. The growth gave the opportunity for the company to make more active interventions in the society. While coming to the initial days of HOPE, it started its initial mission when it worked with Phoenix of New Orleans group in the rescue and rebuild mission of Hurricane Katrina-hit New Orleans.

The group worked in some the hardest hit areas of the city and helped to rebuild the homes and infrastructure in those localities. Apart from supplying funds, HOPE also produced a significant number of man-hours to in the restoration efforts for ensuring the safety of the New Orleans residents. It also supplied food, clothes, new shoes, and more to a children’s shelter in Phoenix area called The Crisis Nursery. The company also made a procedure that whenever it makes an important business meeting in a particular city, it would contribute to the societies of the city as well.

When the USHEALTH Advisors conducted Leaders Meeting in Phoenix in 2012, it presented over $25,000 to a group that is working to support children of cancer-prone families called HOPEKids Arizona. Next year, USHA contributed $45,000 more to the group since it opened another chapter in North Texas. Troy McQuagge US Health says that every business has a soul which is defined by its people and what the company represents. USHEALTH Groups represents serving people and help them to live a better life.