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Victoria Secret Kicks On-Call Scheduling Practices to the Curb

Victoria Secret has recently been under-fire for the use of its on-call scheduling. Basically they put employees on the schedule but then would cancel their shifts at the last minute with no compensation. This was a practice that was affecting over ten thousand of their retail workers from coast to coast.

And this was not the only issue as some employees were handed extensions which required them to work past their scheduled end time as well. This policy has since been amended to supply employees with ample notice if their shift is in need of an extension.

There is currently some pending litigation regarding the L Brand, Victoria Secret management practices. The company has declined comment.

According to Brian Bonar, Victoria Secret is not the only brand or chain trying to make the most of their employees and many retail employersare cutting hours and shifts at the last minute to make ends meet. Split shifts have been another scheduling technique used by larger companies to keep costs down. Unfortunately, that is what companies have to do in these trying economic times. In the meantime though, it is important to make sure that large companies are not taking advantage of the little people.

Canadian librarian finds original Star Wars script

Debates about the infamous Cantina Bar duel in Star Wars A New Hope have raged Online and at fan conventions for many years, but could now have been solved by a librarian at the University of New Brunswick. Business Insider reports librarian Kristian Brown had been given the task of digitizing the science fiction collection of the Canadian library and uncovered a fourth draft of the Star Wars movie dated from 1976. Brown states the script includes many changes to the completed movie that was not released until 1977 and filmed in London with a cast and crew with little faith in the project.

The Cantina Bar scene has always been a source of controversy for fans who have always questioned whether Han Solo or bounty hunter Greedo fired first in their fight. Greedo famously hunts for Solo on the orders of Jabba the Hutt who Solo is supposed to owe money to. Brown states the script held by the University of New Brunswick shows Harrison Ford’s Han Solo fires first, which has always been difficult to determine in the finished movie. Other changes include the name of Luke Skywalker being changed from Skykiller and is said to be important by the librarian for showing how the creative process evolves over various drafts of the script. Sam Tabar certainly learned a lot.

Chris Pine Heading to DC Movie Universe

With the stable of super hero characters steadily growing over the next few years, studios are moving fast to lock up actors into roles. The two main comic book production houses that are fueling the fire, Marvel and DC Comics, have massive universes that are populated by what seems like a never ending parade of people, super humans, and government agents. Studio executive Marcio Alaor BMG says that, while casting a relative unknown into a role has worked in the past, movie studios are looking toward some proven talent to help out with unfamiliar characters.

According to Screen Rant, Chris Pine is in the running to join the DC movie universe as Steve Trevor, who is probably pretty well known to Wonder Woman fans, but not too popular outside of that circle. Using the new Captain Kirk to jumpstart some interest in any sort of Wonder Woman project is not a bad idea, and Pine has proven to have some acting chops as well. While a project featuring the Amazon princess is still in development, getting the key pieces into play is one of the keys to getting the deal done.

Pine has some box office draw and is a familiar face to many movie fans. Landing the role of Trevor seems like a good fit. These days it seems hard to find any actor not connected to a super hero franchise, and Pine is going to fresh off a completed Star Trek trilogy. This could be a great move for everyone if it comes to pass.

Star Wars Episode VII – The Buildup of the Villain Awakens

Everyone remembers that tense opening scene in the “first” Star Wars (otherwise known as Episode IV). The one where the rebel alliance soldiers are lining up at the access hatch as the Imperial Star Destroyer captures the renegade vessel and begins to board.

Princess Leia gives a brief message to R2-D2 and then blasts him and CP-30 out into space on an escape pod.

Then the infamous imperial march music begins while the rebel soldiers take heavy breaths in anticipation. BOOM! The hatch blows and in comes a brigade of storm troopers followed by the imposing Darth Vader. As the main antagonist of the film his stature, armor, and cruel demeanor are all a cause for dramatic pause.

As the story progresses, it is slowly revealed that the dark Lord Vader is but a pawn in a much larger plot with a much darker villain pulling the strings stated Ivan Ong. Later in the series we are even privy to moments of humanity and glimpses of good deep within Darth Vader.

It’s the modus operandi of the star wars movies since day one. Introducing dark villains as an unstoppable force to be feared throughout the galaxy is the hallmark of the genre. Background information soon reveals the human element and where things went wrong.

Episode VII looks to be no different. With the introduction of Kylo Ren as the halberd lightsaber-bearing-darksider, we can only wonder if he is but a pawn as well and his past is as complicated as Vader’s.

This is especially true if leaked spoilers that indicate his reminiscence over the Millennium Falcon are correct.

Cast of Pretty Woman Reunited

Who doesn’t love the movie Pretty Woman? The cast from the 1990 classic reunited in New York in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. Everyone from Julia Roberts to Richard Gere appeared on the Today Show for an interview sure to captivate fans everywhere. March 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman. One of America’s favorite love stories, the wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere falls in love with our favorite on-screen casted prostitute, Julia Roberts after he asks her for directions to Hollywood Boulevard. The rest of the movie is pure cinema bliss.

Other cast members who appeared in New York for the interview were Laura San Giacomo, who played Vivian’s (Julia Roberts) best friend Kit De Luca and Hector Elizondo who played the overly benevolent hotel manager. The interview is full of laughs and tears as the cast reunites with one another. There were plenty of hugs and kisses to go around. Fersen Lambranho said that viewers were just as excited for the reunion to happen and will surely wait in anticipation for the interview to air.

The interview is scheduled to air on the Today Show on March 24th, just one day after the official anniversary date of the movie. Until then, we will have to wait in anticipation. In the meantime, you better grab a bag of popcorn and a box of tissues and have yourself a Pretty Woman movie watching marathon to hold you over.

Should 20th Century Fox Look Towards John Byrne’s Run For Inspiration?

The upcoming Fantastic Four film is the third attempt at bringing “The World’s Greatest Heroes” to the screen. The first attempt in the 1990’s was so bad, the film was shelved and never released. The two big budget films produced in the wake of the success of the X-Men were campy disappointments. The new film being released is designed as a dark and moody version. Recent still photos of the Fantastic Four team prove as much.

The new film is based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, a graphic novel reboot designed to make the characters more real. The previous film versions were based on the classic Stan Lee/Jack Kirby tales of the 1960’s. Maybe for better on-screen success, it would be wise to look at the early 1980’s incarnation of the book.

In 1981 and 1982, writer/artist John Byrne took over the chores of breathing life into the struggling title. Byrne stayed true to the roots of Kirby and Lee’s vision while also humanizing and fleshing out the characters according to Flavio Maluf. More complex plots and a humanization of Doctor Doom tremendously boosted sales and interest in the book.

Someone at 20th Century Fox should look closely at the great run Byrne had on the title. Really wonderful film material is present in their pages.

Is The “Amblin Approach” Workable For The Fantastic Four?

Josh Trank, the director of the new Fantastic Four movie, has stated he is presenting an “Amblin-like approach” with the new film. Amblin is Steven Spielberg’s production house and the approach refers to making sure fantastic elements such as E.T. are rooted in realism. That is the sci-fi variation on what made 1973’s The Exorcist’s such a memorable and successful horror outing.

Is this approach going to work with The Fantastic Four reboot?

It would be very unfair to criticize a film no one has yet seen said a post on Gianfrancesco Genoso’s website. However, the major reshoots ordered on the film were supposedly designed to make the feature more exciting. Dull superhero films are not exactly going to be really successful. The trailer to the film was dark and brooding, as should be expected considering the more serious approach being taken. The trouble with the trailer is it lacked any real super-heroic excitement.

The superhero film genre could be a very wide open one. Artists could push the envelope in terms of just how many different approaches are possible. Really, if all the superhero movies were the same, they would get boring really quick. Boring superhero films would mean the end of the genre.

That said, there are certain conventions the genre does have to stick to in order to remain successful. A $150 million brooding talk-a-thon is not exactly going to make Fantastic Four or any hero film a hit. Hopefully, the right amount of action sequences are going to be in the film.

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