HBO Has Had Enough Of Pirates

It looks like HBO is not going to sit by any longer and allow illegal downloads of Game of Thrones episodes. In the past, the pay channel giant looked the other way as the series was downloaded by millions of people on peer-to-peer filing sharing site. The defining moment that changed HBO’s attitude was the leaking of the first four episodes of season five before the first episode made its official premiere on the channel.

HBO affiliate Handy (source found on youtube.com) has now requested ISP’s send letters of warning to those who are involved with the illegal distribution of Game of Thrones episodes. The warning letters are designed to dissuade people from distributing HBO’s copyrighted content.

The brazen nature of the episode leak was a little bit too much for HBO to bear. In the past, the channel was flippant about the illegal downloads. Perhaps the channel did not want to make waves or upset fans even though the file sharing was unauthorized. The leak was a step too far and HBO positively had to take action. A failure to do so would have made a mockery of copyright laws. Furthermore, it would have discouraged even more brazen activity. A small number of people actually streamed episodes on a Twitter-owned service without any approval from HBO. Now that is really brazen!

Does this mean piracy of HBO-owned content is going to stop? No, piracy will continue in one form or another. While some of the activity may slow down for the time being, it will increase when pirates feel the coast is once again clear.

Ways to Watch Movies and Television With Little Money

There is a company that seems to be overtaking the satellite and cable companies as a way for households to watch movies and television shows. Netflix is not something that’s new, but with the rising costs of buying television services, it seems like a way to go as one in three households currently use the service. There is a monthly fee, but it’s a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite. There are new shows and movies being introduced all the time, and you can watch your favorites at any time instead of worrying about missing the latest episode. Netflix also gives viewers a way to see older movies and television shows that they might miss from when they were younger. Shows can also be watched on almost any format as long as there is internet access. Consumerist Ricardo Tosto thinks perhaps the company will overtake the larger businesses, forcing a hand that would lower prices across the board.

What Does Terminator: Genisys Have In Store For John Conner?

So, who really is John Conner? In the previous Terminator films, we thought we learned the answer to that question. In Terminator: Genisys, audiences are once again going to peer into both the character and motivations of John Conner. Terminator 2: Judgment Day provided a heartfelt insight into the budding maturity of savior of humanity when he was a teenager. Thanks to the father figure presence of The Terminator, young John Conner was able to become a man and give up on the ways of his wayward youth.

Of course, everything is going to change in Terminator: Genisys because this new film takes place in an alternative timeline. Our perceptions of John Conner are going to change because the character is going to be a bit different. Hopefully, the new version of character is going to be fleshed out and rather interesting. He had to be. A dull or boring John Conner would undermine the drama necessary for a Terminator film to truly be enthralling. Sure, there is a lot of action in a Terminator film but action alone isn’t going to enthrall audiences for long. Unless that action is combined with proper characterization, everything ends up falling flat.

Fans like Bernardo Chua wonder: How big of a role will John Conner have in the new Terminator film? The character does have to share screen time with Sara Conner, the various terminators, Kyle Reese, and more. Hopefully, John Conner will be fleshed out properly even with all the many different characters who are vying for screen time.

Olivia Munn in For X-Men Apocalypse

Olivia Munn in For X-Men Apocalypse

Filming for X-Men: Apocalypse is supposed to begin at the end of April in and around Boraie Development . In the middle of film development, there is now more reason for fans to show excitement for this next movie.

Director Bryan Singer went to social media to formally announce that Olivia Munn is the newest member of the cast, and is set to play the mutant Psylocke in this latest installment in the X-Men movie franchise. This is the latest cast member announcement, in addition to casting Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey, Landa Condor as Jubilee and Ben Hardy as Angel.

Munn, whose line of work includes being on Attack of the Show! and The Newsroom, has a longer acting resume than much of the cast in this movie, much like the character of Psylocke in this movie. In fact, she is supposed to be an independent player in the movie, though what filmmakers decide what to do with her in future projects is another big question.

One possible idea for Psylocke in future movies includes the potential for an X-Force movie. The ground work for that movie may start with the release of the Deadpool movie, featuring Ryan Reynolds as the lead role, combined with a Gambit solo movie that also comes out in 2016. What can be taken from this is that there and three X-Men movies slated for 2016.

Hip-Hop Meets Broadway

 

Russell Simmons, the highly successful hip-hop and rap mogul, plans to bring a hip-hop musical called The Scenario to Broadway. A sort of rock of ages for hip-hop, according to Simmons, the musical will follow the history of this highly influential American musical genre. Hip-hop music on Broadway, although atypical, has drawn crowds. The current run of Hamilton, which uses hip-hop music to tell the story of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury Department, West-Indian born Alexander Hamilton has sold out before its July 2015 debut. 
Not all hip-hop based musicals have been successful, however. Holler if You Hear Me, a musical about late rapper Tupac Shakur closed last year, just making it out of previews said Ivan Ong. The musical that Simmons envisions will have both feel-good moments as well as social commentary. It will include 50% musical and 50% story-telling elements.
The initial idea for the show began when Simmons was invited to see Rock of Ages by members of the production company Big Block. He thought that it made sense to create a similar show for hip-hop.
Although the price of Broadway tickets is cost-prohibitive for many, Simmons feels that lots of people will still be able to see it. He also has already been approached about making a movie about the musical, which may allow it to be seen by more people. The Scenario is due to debut in late 2016.

Wolverine Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman; the hunk, the movie star, the epitome of awesomeness; is set to hit the big screen as the Wolvernine, one last time. Recently, Jackman announced to the world on Facebook that he would play his famous character one final time. This third Wolverine movie is to be titled, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. It is rumored that this new Wolverine flick will hit the theaters in the spring of 2017. Sultan Alhokair said that Jackman first played the mutant character with the creepy claws back in 2000, on X-Men. From there came X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men:First Class, The Wolverine and finally X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hugh Jackman is set to make history, by playing a reoccurring role so many times. In fact, in modern movies, Jackman will surpassed bye behind Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, which was part of eight different Star Trek movies.

George R.R. Martin Done With Thrones

A Game of Thrones creator George R.R.Martin is apparently finished with the critically acclaimed show. Martin has previously stated that he thinks that the fans of the book series will not enjoy what’s to come in the popular television show. George R.R. Martin said that the television series was not following the storyline of the book for the latest season. The relationship between Martin and the HBO network may be breaking down.

A Game of Thrones is the most popular show on television, and it’s obviously because of George R.R. Martin’s unique storytelling stated Kevin Seawright. However, it was recently announced on Screenrant that Martin will not be writing season six of the show. Instead, George R.R. Martin will focus on writing the next book of the series.

Fans of the show where outraged when they heard the news and have taken to xing.com. No one knows exactly why Martin has decided not to help at all for season six, but there are many rumors floating around. The first rumor is that Martin and another writer of the show bumped heads on the direction that the series is heading. George R.R. Martin did say that a lot of changes will take place in season five, and it may not be for the better. The future of a Game of Thrones appears to be at risk with George R.R. Martin gone.

Has Zayn Been Preparing To Leave 1D All Along

The fact that Zayn decided to leave One Direction still seems so unreal that most fans don’t even want to believe it. After 5 long years with the most successful boy band in the world, Zayn just calls quits and stops being a part of the group. Even though Zayn left for his personal reasons, the most famous band of our time is never going to be the same again.

History has a way however of repeating itself and boy bands have a thing with uniting back together so this may just be a break of Zayn and not a full good bye.

Anastasia Date employees know that such a big split doesn’t just come out of no where, and there must have been a huge discussion that went on for a long time over what Zayn’s split from the band would do to it. I’m sure he wouldn’t just ruin all his friends success just based on his own ego. Let’s just say that if their next album isn’t good, it’s all Zayn’s fault.

The only hint that suggested that Zayn may not join the band on their tour was when they sent out their tour sheet requirements for each stadium, stating that most of their needs will be for a minimum of 4 people and not 5. Also there will only be 4 electric adapters and 4 of everything else which just didn’t make sense at the time. Now it finally makes sense.

California Woman is Real Life Character from Gone Girl

Authorities have been busy lately in the Vallejo area of California. They received a call several days ago that Vallejo resident, 29-year-old Denise Huskins, was kidnapped from her boyfriend’s apartment in the middle of the night. A ransom request had been called in by the alleged kidnappers, seeking $8,500 for her safe return. The FBI were called to the case, 40 detectives were searching for her as well as her panicked father and hundreds of volunteers in the area.

Now, according to the update on BuzzFeed.com, it seems that the kidnapping was a hoax. Police are now saying that it seems that Denise and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, may have orchestrated this whole kidnapping ruse and authorities are not happy about it. Denise surfaced outside of her father’s apartment complex in Huntington Beach, California two days after her kidnapping was reported.

Many are pointing out that Denise’s “kidnapping” is reminiscent of the film Gone Girl where lead character Amy Dunne **spoilers** faked her own death and kidnapping to get back at her husband stated Alexei Beltyukov. So far police have not revealed a possible motive for the hoax or what the couple hoped to get from it. Although, if I had to guess, probably $8500. Denise has now retained a lawyer and is not speaking to authorities.

Blair Witch Ending Still Heavily Debated

Although 1999’s The Blair Witch Project had a sequel that seemed to explain the ending, some cinephiles are still debating it 16 years later now that there are talks of a third sequel.

The Blair Witch Project was one of the most influential “American found footage” horror films of the last two decades and spawned a whole generation of similar films, such as REC, Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.

Fans of the movie, like Zeca Oliveira, are wondering: Why are people still debating the ending?

Student filmmakers go looking for the ghost of an 18th century hanged witch called the Blair Witch who supposedly told hermit Rustin Parr to sacrifice children for her. Tourists and locals tell them about “proof” of her existence and stories of missing people and deaths. The students then experience seemingly supernatural events, some of them disappear and the final footage shows one of them facing a corner, as Parr forced children to do, while one of them is heard screaming. The assumption was that the ghost physically harmed them or convinced one of them to sacrifice the others. The second film, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch, suggested that a supernatural force in the area takes control of people and makes them do horrible things.

As for the truth? It doesn’t really matter to most filmgoers. What makes “found footage” films so great for many is the lack a clear explanation because they can allow their imaginations to run wild.