By Paul Anthony
When you are in show Biz, you realize that it is hard work to make it in Hollywood and sometimes the hard work is just not good enough. Recently a star of a hit show called Empire which is on Fox decided just to throw it all away. We don’t know why this person decided to do this but whatever the reason is we know that it wasn’t worth. Empire been on air since 2105 and Jussie Smollett has been apart of that show ever since it started. So if you live under a rock I will explain what he did and why it might have just ruin his career.
The reasons why he did what he did is still unclear but the biggest rumor has been the money, which Fox has denied which implies they believe everyone is getting paid the right amount and the fact no one else is complaining, but let’s start from the beginning Jussie Smollett reported to the Chicago Police that he was attacked by two light skin men who screamed MAGA, which stands for Make America Great Again which is the slogan President Trump uses. Part of the report also stated that, they threw a white Chemical substance on him during the attack. He also stated he was a target because he was black and gay. With this happening in Chicago where the racial tension is at a high which is the reports and nothing to truly back it up but in any case this didn’t help matters. The Police started the investigation and what they found was what no one was expecting. The “Attackers” weren’t light skin or white no, they were two African America men who are in fact friends with Smollett. After awhile they finally admitted that Smollett paid them 3500 dollars via check to staged an attack and that they are not racist by any means. Oh that chemical substance was nothing more than tyenol.
Since these are facts now Fox decided to cut Smollett character out the final three episodes of Empire this season and we are still waiting for them cut his character out all together which i am guessing they will do if he is truly convicted in this crime because he could face jail time in this case. This is one of those dramas that could follow him through his career if he still has one. Studios will think twice about casting him because of the fear of the blacklash they will get when they do cast him in a role.
I hope we do find out why he did what he did because he was willing to throw away everything he worked for. Did he want more money? Did he want a brealk from the show? These are the two biggest question of this whole situation. I never watched the show to be honest, I don’t know how big his character is or if he wanted more screen time and thought since he is gay, they were holding him, who knows but we will know soon enough.
By Paul Anthony
Some would say going to the movies is the thing of the past here in the States. Well 2018 are in and the numbers proves that at least last year that was not the case. The numbers also prove that if you produce a good film people will go out to the movies and not do something else. Last year was one of those years where it seems like so many good movies came out and with that being said 2018 set a new record. Last Year Hollywood made 11.9 billion dollars, so I would say business is doing just fine.
In 2018 there were 140 films that made a difference, now within those films Disney released 13 films, Warner Bros released 49 films, Sony released 28 films, Universal released 38 films and then there is Fox with 17 films and Paramount releasing 12 films. Disney may have only released 13 films but they lead the way with 3.092 billion in the Domestic box office. Universal was close with 1.959.76 billion, Warner Bros was next at 1.940.69 billion. Then Sony at 1,283.72 billion and Paramount at a low 757 Billion.
If we think these numbers are just a fluke then guess again because these studios have some big titles coming out this year and could even top 2018. Disney has films like Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: EndGame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2 and Star Wars 9. Warner Bros has titles like The Lego Movie 2, Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Mine Craft, Godzilla king of the Monsters, Shaft, IT 2, Joker and the gold Finch and another Conjuring film. Sony could have a great year as well with titles like Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Far from Home, ZombieLand 2 and a third Jumanji film. Universal might have an off year with small titles like US and Happy Death Day 2U but could rebound with titles like How to Train Your Dragon three and Hobbs and Shaw as well as The Secret Life of pets part two. This could Be Fox.s last year before they join Disney and they will ride the Marvel way with Dark Phoenix and New Mutants and Alita. Paramount is banking on films like What Men What, Pet Sematary, A Terminator film, Rocket Man, Dora explorer and Sonic.
Now we know these titles sound good but could flop we can look at Alita right now though it open at number one the numbers haven’t been there just yet. But it is hard to believe with certain titles won’t do good or even great but in any case let’s sit back and enjoy the year.