By Paul Anthony
I know we are all sick and tired of hearing about the NFL drama but just when you thought the story was over, you learn it only keeps going and going. Let’s look back at how this drama started and find out when this saga could end, if there is an end in sight, so let’s start from the beginning.
We go back to August of 2016 during the preseason star quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick was scene not standing during the national Anthem, now after the game he was asked about and he stated why, he did this as a protest the violence that was happening to African- Americans and the police. However, many people saw it was disrespecting the flag and the Military, after speaking with a friend who was a veteran, Colin was spotted taking a knee, instead of sitting and when he was asked why he stated that he wanted it to make it clear he wasn’t trying to disrespect the military. People at this point were still beyond frustrated with him, after the 2016 season Colin became a free agent which he is still currently a free agent. Some people believe he wasn’t signed because of this whole drama while others just disagree with that.
2017 season saw more players from different teams taking knees, the Cleveland browns was the first team to have all players take a knee. President Trump started to take notice and made comments, that shall we say wasn’t needed and only lit the fire even more. After His comments, the next weeks teams once again took knees and in the Pittsburgh Steelers case where they no showed for the anthem, well all but one came out.
At this point Jerry Jones who is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys said if they don’t stand then they don’t play referring to his team, the commissioner Roger Goodell held a meeting with everyone in the NFL, they discussed a range of issues but didn’t discuss the main issue of the taking the knee during the anthem….
Yes, the main topic wasn’t discussed which makes me think how pointless the meeting was and how clueless he truly is. The sad thing is we all use sports to escape the world we live and now it is showing up in our sports, we may agree or disagree with what they are doing but there needs to be something down, but what is the solution? Players can use other platforms to voice their options and do what they feel is right and just play the game, we all love the game and want to enjoy it and not think about the drama that we all must deal with.
I hope they realize this soon but I think at the same time Rodger Goodell will milk this and let the situation get worse before it gets better the fact is he should have called meetings and what not last year and act fast which he did not which only proves he has no clue what he is doing so with him and Trump and the players I don’t expect this mess to go away anytime soon.
By Paul Anthony
Just last week the entertainment industry got rocked hard and that is no punt intended but last Thursday a story broke about Harvey Weinstein, some of us may have never heard of him while others have, you may recognize the last name and both are one. Harvey was the co-founder of Miramax and the Weinstein company, which have produce number of movies. But last week a story broke that accused Harvey of sexual harassing and assaulting and even raping women over three decades.
On October 5th, Megan Twoney and Jody Kantor published an Expose in the New York times accusing Harvey of these crimes and five days later, American writer Ronan farrow who is the son of Woody Allen stated the number of women was 16. 13 of them were harassed while the other 3 were raped, he also stated that he wanted to break the news sooner but his company NBC News told him not to. A Possible cover up there just maybe. Because of this Harvey wife of ten decided it was enough and left him.
You may ask why are we hearing about this just now? In these reports, it was stated that Harvey spent a lot of money either paying the women off either in a settlement or on his own behave. Some actresses reported that when they turned Harvey down, he would drop them from any projects that they were in. However, two very large profile actresses came forwarding claiming Harvey of harassing them, those two are Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Brad Pitt stated he had tell Harvey to back off from his wife.
Many politicians, who Harvey donated to are now sending his donations to women organizations. Now Weinstein’s lawyer Lisa Bloom stated that her client denies any of the wrong doing that he is accused of but from criticism, Lisa announced that she would not be representing Harvey any longer, which as quit as she left, his new lawyer Charles Harder would be suing both the New Yorker and Times for causing this mess.
Rather he truly sues or not is a different story but the damage has been done. He was fired from the company that he helped started and his wife left him in a hurry, his public imagine is ruin and I am. This might cause a ripple in Hollywood because many actresses are speaking up while the actors who have worked with Harvey are staying silent or saying no comment, which maybe ticking the women off. This story is new and big so I am sure more details will come out as we get deeper into this.
By Paul Anthony
Let me start by saying I am a sports fan, I always have been and always will but the one sport I struggle to watch or even root for is Soccer, I don’t know if it’s because Pittsburgh doesn’t have a team just yet in the MLS but overall soccer which ranks as the number one sport in the world but here in north America it struggles to remain number 5 or 6 depending on NASCAR, but we want the league to grow and we hope it continue to grow. Usually viewership gets higher when the US National team does well in the World Cup or in the Olympics but this past Tuesday USA soccer took a step back and failed to qualify for next year world cup for the first time since 1986 and gets worse, much worse.
First let’s start with saying all they had to do was tie and they would be in but they couldn’t even do that and the worst part is they lost to the 99th ranked team in the competition. That’s right the US team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago which is one team by the way. This truly had to be a dark day for soccer now the team must wait until the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Even the MLS issued a statement saying this truly was a major setback for Soccer in the US.
No doubt this truly a dark time but for how long will it remain this way? Well let’s look a head the next Match the Us National team will play will be in 2019 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup then the following year will be the Olympics, so will two years be enough to reverse this trend? Because let’s be honest, this is a trend they were on for years. They peaked in 2002 but since that they failed to make 2012 and 2016 Olympics and now this.
Is talent really on the way? We like to think so we currently have a 19-year-old star in Christian Pulisic and there are others 19-year-old that are on the rise who should be tested and ready to go by 2022 but will this be enough?
I sure hope so because in the end I would see Soccer succeed but I doubt it will if the national team doesn’t step it up I believe ratings and viewership will fall and damn near kill the sport.
By Paul Anthony
In 1993 a Disney movie was released it was called Hocus Pocus, now the film wasn’t a hit in fact, it was nearly a flop. The budget was 28 million and the film only grossed 35 million. But like many films now it became a cult classic and had its own fan base, years began to pass and fans started to scream we want a sequel and it never happened. Recently rumors came up and it seems like part would finally be happening, well we all jumped the gun, it is true another film is finally happening but it’s not what we all want.
That is right Disney announced that another film was happening in the form of a remake and it gets better, it will better, it will be a TV Movie on their Disney channel. We know in a remake that there will be a new cast redoing the story but we haven’t heard if the original cast will make cameos but is this what we really wanted?
I truly haven’t watch anything new on the Disney channel, it seems like that channel has lost its steam with making good movies on that channel. I remember hits like Halloween town and High school musical and so on but nowadays the hits aren’t there and they want to do a film that people been dying for? This is a big risk, now Disney does a lot right with their films, I don’t think anyone can deny that but as Disney grew I believe the channel has become an afterthought. Now maybe it’s their way of getting people back to watching that channel. As much as I don’t want this remake to happen, when they release it I will be watching it, to see how good or bad it truly is.
Now I am disappointed that there won’t be a true sequel but at times when I watched the first film I wonder if Disney wanted to do a sequel they would have. I watched and I realize that the film was clear with being a one-time thing. We live in an era where fans want a sequel when there doesn’t need to be one. This is where remakes come in so studios can change some things around so they can produce those part two and threes.
So, what can we expect? Well the channel now caters to the young audience more than ever so expect the comedy to be for kids and forget the horror. Needless to say I think this film will disappoint us more than anything but hey we wanted it right?
By Paul Anthony
There is an old saying and I am sure you have heard of it, it goes a little like this once you do the crime you pay the time. We know a lot of people commit crimes and sometimes, they are crimes we just can’t forgive even with the time they have served. But if someone commits a crime and pays the time comes out and has a successful career shortly after but recently for some odd reason people decide to open old wounds and in this blog, I am going to talk about the time lime and outcome which is the frustrating part.
In 2001 in august a horror movie was released and the title was called Jeepers Creepers, the movie had a budget of ten million and made money it was a modest success which spawned a sequel just two years later which also had success and the studio got the greenlit make a part three, now it would take 14 years for the third film. Now for some odd reason there was controversy, people started to boycott this film but just this film and I wondered why.
The Jeepers creepers franchise has been directed by Victor Salva, now he has been directing films since 1986. Now here is where things become a little messy. In 1988 Salva pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious and oral sex with a person under 14. He made a tape of him having sex with a 12-year-old male actor from one of his films in his home, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison which he served 15 months and was off parole in 1992. Now this crime is unforgiven and sick on so many levels. I don’t know where to even begin but it is sick, what’s shocking is that he had a more productive career after the fact.
He will always have this on his record and it’s not going anytime soon, since his conviction he has directed 10 films, counting the Jeepers Creepers film series. Out of those ten films only one just one stirs up a big mess, but it’s not the film but the director’s nonsense which occurred twenty plus areas ago. Now I just don’t understand how his latest film stirs up a mess to get pulled but the people wanted this film pulled but not the previous 9 films that he directed. I must say the people who protested this film are nothing more than a hypocrite. I say this with passion that those people could have done this protesting years ago and could have stopped his career from happening but they didn’t. Look why now that is what I keep asking myself and I hope you are doing the same.
By Paul Anthony
You hate him then you love him then you hate him again and honestly, I had to wonder why. I am of course talking about JJ Abrams. Now it was announced that Abrams will be returning to the Star Wars franchise and will be directing and co-writing episode 9. Soon as this was announced fans started a petition to get him out of the chair to direct I, have to say this love/hate relationship with him has to stop.
Let’s go back in time before the Force awakens and it was announced that he would be directing it, the fans started to boo that idea right off the bat and there was no other reason except he directed the Star Trek films and I guess you can’t direct both franchises. The show went on and The Force Awakens was released and it went on to gross two billion dollars worldwide, nearly a billion here alone, which is tough to do, the film ranked second only behind Avatar in the All-Time grossing films. Looking beyond the money fans loved the film and loved how he paid homage to the very first film, which I thought was a downfall but a minor one, fans loved the fact that there was very little CGI which has been a knock against the previous trilogy.
So, after all this success Abrams departed the franchise and it seemed like he was one and done. So why he come back? With Carrie Fisher passing away, it forced everyone to rewrite script because Fisher was a big part of the film. When they announced that Colin Trevorrow would be leaving the project due to creative difference, this is where Abrams was able to return to the franchise, so why are fans mad?
I don’t understand why they are, since he was able to lift this franchise off the ground to huge success. I do hope that he doesn’t pay homage to the Last Jedi since episode 9 is the last one in this trilogy. However, he seems like the best bet to end this trilogy. Disney will not replace him, they know he will bring them in a lot of money and filming is scheduled to start in the summer so they don’t want to keep searching and searching and hope they can find the right person. Once the film is released I say this much fans will be happy that JJ was directing it.
By Paul Anthony
Remakes and sequels aren’t anything new in Hollywood, well not anymore at least. Some franchises have been rebooted or remade few times just look at the Spider-Man series, it has been rebooted twice with The Amazing Spider-Man to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be another blog ranking those in a few weeks but in this blog, we are ranking the Mummy films. This year we saw the second remake of the classic film the Mummy, I had to wonder how did it rank against the other two films with the same name, I watched all three films and here, are our ranking.
In this ranking, we will be disregarding the 1959 British film because the plot was just from the previous American Film.
Number 3, which is the lowest number, the 2017 The Mummy was the worse and it’s hard to figure out why honestly, The Mummy started in 1932 as horror film in 2017 it was a full fledge action film, however the action was there, nothing else really was, Tom Cruise wanted more screen and the studio caved because he was going to be their Dark Universe franchise star, the movie catered to Cruise and The Mummy became nothing more than a side note that nearly served no purpose at all. This may have hurt the film the most but the Studio wanted Cruise and this was what they got.
Number two, 1932 The Mummy, usually the original is the best and by no means was this an easy choice but it’s number two. I enjoyed watching the horror Mummy, the slow jump scares, the feeling that someone going to sneak up on you and hoping the good guys win, this was a winning formula and executed greatly but the story was rushed, the film was just 73 minutes and I felt like I was watching TV show, I get it maybe movies back then wasn’t that long but it could have been longer to make the plot more interesting but because of that it had to be number two.
And your Number one film is, 1999 The Mummy. I know a film starring Brendon Fraser but he put on a performance of his life and he never put the pressure on the studio to make the film about his character instead it was his team vs the mummy. The few jump scares were there but not much at this point it’s clear it was supposed to be a good action film and it was. The charm was there, the story was good, it made sense. Now money wise without inflation made 415 million off a 80 million budget, the 415 was lower than the 2017 film but with inflation it would have been a lot more than the 2017 film.
Do you agree with our ranking? If not let us know how you would rank the three or four films depending what you think if the 1959 The Mummy.
By Paul Anthony
A few years back there was a sleeper hit called Kingsman: The secret service, the film had a modest budget and had an opening weekend where it only made 30 million but then went on to gross 414 million overalls, this past weekend saw the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, so how did this one lived up to the first film.
The first filmed had a 70 percent critic rating where this film has 51 percent so why the 19- point drop? I watched the first film before I saw this film and the main thing I realized was if the film is good and meant to be a one and done film and then they decide to do a part two they will most likely do the same thing again in hopes of it working again, sometimes it works but it hurts the growth of the franchise. The potty humor was still there which provided the laughs of course, which makes you forget the weak story that follows, which are spoilers so please do not read unless you dare. So, the story goes a big-time drug dealer basically wants to return home but must poison her drugs which will poison the people forcing the President to allow her to sell drugs and be a free woman. She knew the Kingsman would stop her, which she has them killed basically which our hero must go to the states and get the help of the Statesman which are the American Brothers of the Kingsman.
The movie also stars Channing Tatum and this where I had a big problem with the film, In the trailers it seemed like he would have a big-time role instead we got a glorified cameo with the possibility of a bigger for part three. I will admit he’s overall talented with the right director he can shined with the not so good director, he looks bad. Look at the 21 jump street series, he truly shined in that series and not to mention he can be a good action star which would have been a great help with this movie.
The filmed made 39 million in it’s opening weekend a slight increase from the first film and made close to a 100 million worldwide already which was good to be number one at the domestic box office, in the end this is a film good enough to buy on video but truly isn’t worth seeing it in the movies with that being said I give this movie two out of five stars.
By Paul Anthony
Have we seen the last of the young adult book to film series end? Let’s go back a few years when Harry Potter the film series started back in 2001, it truly started a trend, midway through Harry Potter came The Twilight saga, which we found to be annoying but we watched them, then came one of my favorites the Hungry Games, which was epic especially part two. Which brings us to my blog topic which The Divergent series and what happen to it?
I will say from my point of view I did enjoy the first film and believed it was good start to this series, I believe of the film series before it, The Divergent series was the smallest of the bunch so it had an uphill battle. So, seeing this film I believed it would do great. The film had an 85-million-dollar budget and grossed nearly 290 million dollars. With a raising lead star in Shailene Woodley. The next film came out just a year later which was supposed to be the plan, a yearly plan which each film coming out a year later.
Insurgent made close to 300 million with a budget of 110 million, to the naked eye all you see is that the movie made more money than the last but the budget was higher, a 25 million dollar increase with a total gross only improving by 10 million. This isn’t good sign but still they decided to split the third book into two films which the idea has been hit and miss, Hollywood does this for the money, they use a budget for one film and make it into two films and basically double their profit, but fans realize the boring stuff will always be in the first film so why go see it?
The third film Allegiant was released and it had the biggest budget of 142 million and here’s the sad part, the filmed only grossed 179 million. Many blamed the failure on nothing more than the studio trying to stretch it out. The aftermath seems to have frozen this film series, the rumor has been that they want to cut the budget and make it into a TV movie which Woodley said if this is the case then she won’t return. The film was supposed to come this past March but now it’s under TBA and pretty much gone cold.
It’s sad to see a series that had such great promise just falter. Will the fourth film ever be made? I am guessing at this point if we don’t hear something soon, the studio just going to reboot it, which at this part may not be such a bad idea but of course they would need hold off a good while if they decide to take this route and at this point I do not know the film rights current state. If there is any update we will report it as soon as we find it!
By Paul Anthony
Let’s face the summer over and it was a dud to be honest, the summer ended and the fall season opened with a bang, this past weekend, saw the release of the Stephen’s Kings IT. Many may call it a remake but honestly it is not since the first IT was a mini tv series that came out in 1990. It was later put together in a film.
We recently went to go see it and see if it truly lived up to the hype and it totally did live up to the hype. First the movie has made 179 million off a budget that was only 36 million once again proving that small budgets can work. And here is how it worked so well.
Character development such a big part of any film because the audience can grow with the characters as the movie progresses, here in this movie we generally have a decent cast who all gets plenty of screen time, even with Jaeden Lieberher getting the most screen time out of the bunch, this is only because his character Bill is the main character. The beauty is good each cast member took their time and ran with it, which gave a good scene after good scene. Bill Skarsgard took over the role as pennywise/it and now that his character, we are no longer putting it with Tim Curry and that’s not in a disrespectful way.
We know the book is being broken into two parts, we saw the first part now with them fighting IT as kids the second half of the book is with them fighting IT as adults, the film decided to do Chapter one and the chapter 2 which should be out in 2019. For once splitting a book up into two films wasn’t a bad idea because the movie stayed closed to the book as possible giving us details from the book, which had to please the fan base.
With giving us more details the movie told the story well and made you forget that the movie was two hours and 15 minutes, to be honest well I was in there, I couldn’t believe it really was that long. Another thing that was positive about the film was since the story was told right, they didn’t need jump scares to sell the movie sure there was jump scares but you were focused on the story, sitting wondering what is next, that is what truly scared you.
In the end, I am giving this film a good rating, 4 out of 5 stars, now what is a good sign is that Stephen King’s stories can be turned into good modern movies, there was a part of me that feared that for this film after The Dark Tower which is based on one of his book series was a complete flop at the box office. Sure, they were made by two different studios but it was nice to see this film not being hurt by the Dark Tower.