source Columbia Pictures It’s hard to imagine anyone but Ryan Coogler making “Black Panther” or Patty Jenkins making “Wonder Woman.” But there was once a time when that was a possibility, along with many other would-be superhero movies that never came to be. James Cameron wanted to make a “Spider-Man” movie, Joss Whedon wrote an infamous “Wonder Woman” script, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller had assembled a cast for a “Justice League” movie a decade ago. These and other strange superhero movies almost saw the light of day, but were eventually scrapped. For movies like “Black Panther,” that’s a good thing. But for other movies like Miller’s “Justice League: Mortal,” it’s hard not to think about what could have been, considering last year’s Zack Snyder-directed “Justice League” movie was a major flop. Below … [Read more...] about 6 of the weirdest superhero movies that almost got made, from James Cameron’s creepy Spider-Man to Joss Whedon’s sexist Wonder Woman
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Leading the charge is "No Postage Necessary," a romantic indie comedy about a luckless hacker that is being distributed via peer-to-peer video network app Vevue, running on Qtum, the most advanced blockchain in the world. Jeremy Culver ("An Evergreen Christmas") wrote, directed and produced the release from US production house Two Roads Picture Co., shot on 35 mm film. The movie gets its US theatrical release and worldwide blockchain debut in June and will also be available to buy online using cryptocurrency. "We are thrilled to provide movie lovers around the world a brand new way to experience their entertainment by turning the blockchain into a feature film distribution channel," Culver said in a statement. "Although this is a first for the industry, we hope it will signal a shift in the way content is shared and consumed." A blockchain is essentially a shared, encrypted "ledger" that cannot be manipulated, offering the promise of secure transactions that allow anyone to get an … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s first blockchain movie: an end to piracy?
It’s not every day that a country of over 51 million people goes online virtually overnight. But that’s been the case in Myanmar, which until recently had one of the world’s lowest internet penetration rates but is now largely plugged into the digital age. And as many will attest, Facebook is the internet in Myanmar. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Yet Facebook is also fanning the flames of communal conflict, violence perpetrated by state security forces and others that United Nations officials say qualifies as “crimes against humanity”, “ethnic cleansing” and potentially even “genocide” against the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the United Nations’ Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, recently said that Facebook has played a “determining role” in a humanitarian crisis that has seen over 600,000 Rohingya flee across … [Read more...] about Is Facebook contributing to genocide in Myanmar?
caption “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” source Sony The internet had a field day in 2015 when Sony officially announced it was making a sequel to the hit 1995 movie “Jumanji.” But the joke’s on the internet critics: The movie, powered by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, earned close to $1 billion globally at the box office. The film’s director, Jake Kasdan, explained to Business Insider how he pulled off one of the biggest surprise hits in recent memory. Things did not start off well for the sequel to “Jumanji.” Twenty years after the 1995 hit movie – which starred Robin Williams as a man who, after decades of being trapped inside a magical board game, is finally released to complete it with two kids – Sony announced in 2015 that it was going to dust off the property and reboot it. The internet was not happy. “It was like, … [Read more...] about How ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ went from a punchline to one of Sony’s biggest box-office hits ever
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018 MONDAY Carla Bruni Watch this because: How often do you get to hear an AC/DC cover by a former Premiere Dame? Bruni’s loungey “Highway To Hell” won’t win over the scruffy crowd who cracked their skulls on the original, but local Francophiles, Italophiles and the sort of folks who line TIFF red carpets are apparently down with it, having sold out this 1,250-seater long ago. Mind you, given her career touching on music, supermodelling, politics and philanthropy, she could draw a crowd just by showing up and telling stories, and she will do some of that. Still, her 20 years as a chanteuse set her apart as more than just a celebrity dabbler, including last year’s David Foster-produced French Touch recording of her rock and pop faves. Expect at least as many of her own originals in French, delivered with classy band backing; star power done simple. (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 90 Princes’ Blvd., doors 7 p.m.) —Chris … [Read more...] about This week in Toronto: Sgt. Pepper’s dance group and The Headless Woman