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From Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Williams

Say the name Thomas Jefferson and everyone can tell you that he was one of the Founding Fathers of perhaps the greatest nation the world has ever seen, he was a connoisseur of fine wines, a man who had an in-depth knowledge of international matters, he was deeply involved in education, and was a man who put the needs of his citizens above all else.
Say the name Stephen Williams and some will be able to tell you that he was the founder of one of the greatest wine companies the world has ever seen, he is a connoisseur of fine wines, he has intricate knowledge of the finest vintages from around the world, his company ensures lovers of fine wines are well educated about the subject, and he is a man who puts the needs of his clients above all else.
In 1982 Mr. Williams founded The Antique Wine Company and has grown it into a pre-eminent merchant of the world’s finest and rarest vintages. His clients number over four thousand from more than a hundred countries and include both wealthy connoisseurs as well as the cellar masters of grand hotels and ancient chateaux.
To maintain his company’s premier position he is an active champion of a wine’s authenticity. The rare bottles, the collector items, and the prized purchases must be proven to be worth the prices asked and the prices paid. It is not for nothing that Stephen Williams has been called the Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wine. To ensure the product is all that it is claimed to be, he and his team study not only the wine itself but, by sponsoring the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies, they even investigate the glass that makes up the bottle in which the wine is stored.
Like President Jefferson before him, Mr. Williams’ opinions are sought by other leading authorities and his immense knowledge is quoted in articles and newspapers around the world. His company’s wine-master classes and its wine academy are not only centers of learning but also are centers of excellence. The fine wine events for which The AWC is renowned require an unending search to bring to their clients selections of the ancient and modern vintages.
Thomas Jefferson was an early wine connoisseur who spoke at length to his dinner party guests about the contents of his enviable cellar. Stephen Williams continues that tradition but his audience is not limited to Paris and Monticello and it is numbered in the thousands and circles the globe.

Highlander Remake Lands Its Villain

The Highlander reboot is picking up steam as the producers have found an actor to play their version of The Kurgan, who is the villain of the film. According to Latino Review, Guardian of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista has landed the role, which was played by Clancy Brown in the original film.

After playing Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista has become a hot commodity in Hollywood. He will play a henchman in the upcoming James Bond movie called Spectre, and a villain in the reboot of Kickboxer with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

While the new Highlander reboot may have found its villain, it still has yet to land its hero in the form of the immortal Connor MacLeod. Ryan Reynolds was originally attached to star as the Highlander, but ultimately dropped out of the production. Furthermore, fans like Sultan Alhokair have heard that the film may not have a director. More on Alhokair is available on CnnIreport.com. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was rumored to be directing the film; however, he is now in pre-production of The Huntsman, which is a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsmen.

Another big question for the new Highlander reboot is who will play MacLeod’s mentor Ramirez? Sean Connery held the role in the original film and rumors suggest the part has been offered to Tom Cruise. There is no word if Cruise has accepted. With Bautista on board, it is very likely additional casting news will be forthcoming.

Liam Neeson Blasted for Gun Control Comments

After making negative comments about gun laws in America, Liam Neeson was blasted by the firearms company that provided the guns for his movie Taken 3.

PARA USA stated that it won’t work on any projects involving Neeson again and asked that other companies follow suit. “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and parters in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects,” the company said on their Facebook page.

Neeson’s comments were made when the actor spoke to Dubai’s Gulf News and said that “there’s just too many… guns out there. Especially in America.” The British star continued saying that the number of guns per U.S. capita was just too great and the shooting stories in the news were too many.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” Neeson added. “Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'”

From what Sergio Lins Andrada has learned, Neeson claimed that the shooting problems were not connected to action movies in Hollywood. “A character like [Taken‘s] Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: It’s fantasy.”

PARA USA, meanwhile, said that Neeson’s comments showed a “cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties.”

Tom Rothman Funding makes “Baby Driver” a go

Baby Driver, is finally coming one step closer to the big screen curtesy of a release by Sony. The brain child of TriStar Productions and MRC, Edgar Wrist will be directing the new film. Highly-anticipated the film has already attracted several prominent actors looking for a role within the piece. While there are no confirmed names both Logan Lerman and John Boyega are looking for the main part. The movie is a musically-themed piece popular with movie goers. The film revolves around a driver who finds solace in music, he finds that music may not help when he’s drawn into working for an infamous crime boss, a failed get-away may mean the end to his life and everything he loves.

With an exciting team including Working Title and Nira Park as producers. The movie is being readily backed by the movie companies as movie financers are looking for increasingly independent directors to bring new and exciting films to the silver-screen. Edgar Wrist, the director for Fault in Our Stars will undoubtedly deliver a stunning new rock-filled car chase genre—one that’s been desperately lacking in recent years. Although, it’s yet to be known who will be providing the sound track for the upcoming hit. The news of the movie’s upcoming production was first seen on Hollywoodreporter.com where you can read more about the new upcoming film

Eddie Murphy Discusses His Recent Projects

 

In a recent Interview for Rolling Stone Magazine, entertainer Eddie Murphy discusses what he’s been up to lately, and he’s been up to a lot. Murphy recently put an original reggae song on Soundcloud called Oh Jah Jah,” and – in my opinion – it’s really good.

In the interview, Murphy explains that for decades he’s been recording original music in his home studio. He rarely makes this music available to the public, however, since he does not want to come across as a celebrity on an ego trip. He also records music with other celebrities, including rapper Snoop Dogg.

Murphy also talks about his upcoming movie Cook, which you can learn more about on Crunch Base, and about where he’s at with the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.

Marc Sparks and I think it’s refreshing to hear something as unusual from a mainstream actor as a reggae record. Murphy talks in the interview about how he doesn’t make music for money, and it’s easy to see this is true. He makes it because he’s a true artist who is expressing himself. What makes Murphy exciting as an entertainer is that you never know what to expect next from him. Murphy became famous as a comedian, became an action movie star next and then starred in family comedies that were huge box office draws.

Only an artist with true talent could be so successful in so many diverse genres.

Biography Of John Textor, Visual Effects Artist

John Textor started his career back in 1987 when he received his Bachelor’s of the Arts at Wesleyan University. He co-founded and manages Wyndcrest Holdings which was created in 1997. Wyndcrest Holdings is a equity firm located in Florida and focuses on entertainment business, telecommunication and social media. He later went on to become the CEO of Digital Domain Productions as well as Digital Domain Media Group, a parent company.

The company is responsible for the effects of over 80 large scale feature films including films such as Tron: Legacy, Flags of our Fathers, Transformers, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean and much more. Digital Domain became a market leader and the go-to company in visual effects. They won multiple Academy Awards, Clio advertising awards and made the first believable digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

During Textor’s leadership the company was also the ones behind the digital Tupac at the Coachella music festival and now the digital resurrection of none other than Elvis Presley. And most recently, they had the digital version of Michael Jackson preform and the Billboard Music Award. Textor has said in interviews that he would love to bring back Bob Marley or Frank Sinatra. After his work with Digital Domain he moved on to become the executive chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. They are the ones that specialize in computer-generated human likeness.

Spider-Man Tangled in Own Web

Of all the super heroes hitting the big screen, the one with the biggest question marks on the future is one of the most bankable in history. Spider-Man has a murky future in the world of cinema thanks to an underperforming second movie in a rebooted series. While his other Marvel friends are busy jet setting around the cosmos and time traveling, the so-called Amazing Spider-Man is somewhere in the delayed project line.

According to Screen Rant, Sony and Disney, the owners of Marvel, are making arrangements to have Spidey pop up in the Avengers franchise, and while that is good news the actual future of the Spider-Man franchise is something of a question mark. Nobody seems sure if Andrew Garfield will return, and nobody seems convinced a series of movies starring villains will ever take off. All things considered, things are tangled in a web right now, and it might take some time for everything to break free.

Some fans like John Textor and analysts are calling for Sony to sell the rights to the character back to Marvel, where another reboot with a new actor and no ties to the previous films would hopefully kick start another run at the box office. In addition, a sale would allow Spider-Man, one of the most adored Marvel characters, to pop in and out of the cinematic universe with little effect on any other projects. As of right now, it is hard to say what will happen.

Third Apes Movie Pushed Back

Studios often reshuffle the release dates of films for a variety of reasons. The problem is that when schedules are released two or three years ahead of time, just about any minor setback can produce something a traffic jam for the production. However, when movies get pushed back studios generally cite a specific reason, and news focusing on the final installment of the “Planet of the Apes” reboot is not exactly thrilling to fans.

According to Screen Rant, the third film in the Planet of the Apes franchise has been pushed to summer of 2017, which is an entire year away from the original 2016 release dates. A few months is one thing, but an entire year could spell trouble for the movie. Since no reason other than more time was given for the schedule bump, some fans will do doubt be feeling a little uneasy. However, the volume of computer animation and technical polish the film likely requires takes a certain amount of time to complete, and Dr. Rod Rohrich hopes it’s more an issue of polishing, than anything else.

That being said, it is always hard to say what kind of film fans will get after the delay. The second film went on to gross about $700 million globally, which means expectations for the third film are high. The really good news could be that the entire story is being overhauled to allow for more than three movies, and that could restore the faith of fans.

More Teasing with the Ant-Man Human-Sized Trailer

 

Marvel is not entire done with teasing movie fans with humorous teaser trailers. The recent “ant-sized” trailer for the upcoming film Ant-Man was, well, incredibly small in size. A larger-sized, viewable “human-sized” trailer for the film has now shown up online. Yet, the trailer does only tease what is to come and we do not learn anything about the heist plot of the film.

But my friend Lee G. Lovett said that the trailer is still definitely worth checking out even if you are just a casual fan of the superhero movie genre. (Or subgenre since it is considered a subset of science-fiction)

The scant teaser only runs about 18 seconds and it does a bit more to promote Agent Carter than Ant-Man. The trailer tells everyone who wants to learn more about what the Ant-Man film features needs to see the longer teaser trailer during the June 6 debut of the Agent Carter mini-series.

Does that mean we learn nothing about Ant-Man during the brief teaser debut?

The brief glimpse we do see of the film presents a lot of action. No surprise there. You are always going to get a lot of action in a Marvel film. (The studio learned its lesson after the debacle of The Hulk) Audiences also get a glimpse of the sweeping nature of the film and it is clear this project is no rush job. The Marvel movie team definitely put a lot of effort into work into this project.

Unfortunately, we do not get to see the main character in his Ant-Man getup. Surely, we will when the full teaser trailer debuts.

Last Blood to Feature the Final Journey of John Rambo

Rescued from development purgatory is a new installment of the Rambo series. Yes, Sly Stallone will return for a final time as John Rambo in Last Blood. The film will go into production once filming wraps on the new Rocky installment, Creed.

The plot of the film will focus on Rambo bringing the war back home as he battle drug cartels on the Arizona border. No other details are available. 

There were other plots devised for a new Rambo film. One had Rambo as the leader of a team of young recruits. You could say this concept found its way into The Expendables. The other was a truly idiotic concept. Rambo was slated to battle a genetically altered creature that escaped from a government lab. That might have been a fine Predator rip-off for Stallone to star in provided he came up with a new lead character. Putting Rambo in a sci-fi film is just nutty.

Angel.co and Jared Haftel agree that the idea of Rambo vs. the cartels is timely and it is intended to give Rambo his final farewell from the silver screen. Rambo first debuted in the sleeper hit First Blood in 1982. Three years later, Rambo: First Blood Part II was an even bigger hit. You could say it was a landmark film that helped launch the 1980’s action movie explosion.

The fourth entry in the Rambo series did surprisingly well at the box office and helped give Stallone’s career yet another boost.