Will Wonder Woman Revive the Box Office?

Will Wonder Woman Revive the Box Office?

Will Wonder Woman Revive the Box Office?

Not long ago a film critic, who shall remain nameless, publicly bemoaned the endless line of superhero movies that has been rolling through the box office pretty much ever since Tobey Maguire donned his spider-mask. Then came Iron Man and Thor, Hulk and the Avengers. DC gave us Batman, then Batman again, then a few versions of Superman, before they put these two icons in the same movie. Continue reading →

“Guardians 2” Explodes Off the Launch Pad with Huge Opening Night

“Guardians 2” Explodes Off the Launch Pad with Huge Opening night

“Guardians 2” Explodes Off the Launch Pad with Huge Opening Night

Without a doubt, Guardians of the Galaxy was Marvel’s biggest surprise hit. The super-cool space dramedy challenged all conventions and turned a movie starring a raccoon and a tree into a smash Hollywood success. The movie also transformed Chris Pratt into a legitimate leading man and underscored Zoe Saldana, who rocketed to fame in the Star Trek reboot, as the go-to choice for galactic leading lady. By all accounts, the movie was a strong introduction to the wider Marvel multiverse, and an entertaining peek into the interstellar shenanigans that have only played a peripheral role in previous Marvel outings.

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Colbert reaches milestone in first February ratings

Colbert reaches milestone in first February ratings

The “late night” wars are on again. There was a time in America where the ratings battle for late night was the Stanley Cup of TV, the most coveted award in the industry. Carson and Letterman went head to head. Then Letterman and Leno … But when David and Jay left their respective seats behind their respective desks, the battle for keeper of the late-night conversation was a free for all. One name after another tried to make the grade. Continue reading →

Jessica Alba makes an Honest woman out of herself

Jessica Alba makes an Honest woman out of herself

Sizzling Hollywood starlet Jessica Alba made her name in comic book-inspired films like Fantastic Four and Sin City as well as action movies such as Into the Blue and Machete. Eye-popping, no matter what she was playing, Alba charmed a generation of moviegoers, and she has continued to work regularly in Barely Lethal and Entourage (2015) and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016), but the stunning Golden-Globe nominated actress is more than a pretty face on the big and small screen. Continue reading →

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Michael Phelps Cements Olympic Legacy

Has there ever been an Olympian greater than Michael Phelps? No, not really. The American fish-man picked up multiple new gold medals at the Rio Olympics, coming out of retirement to end the coronation of the Next Generation of world-class swimmers…except for Simone Manuel, who is currently experiencing what it feels like to be seen as a certified superhero.

Back to Phelps. How do we know he’s the best? Well, Phelps recently broke a record that stood since 152 BC. Leonidas of Rhodes won 12 individual medals in the Games. Phelps just picked up lucky number 13 individual medals, to add to 22 total golds and 26 medals overall.

The success in the pool will win Phelps legions of fans, including up and coming American swimmer Katie Ledecky, who has “liked Mike” since she was a guppy. Phelps will also pick up even more – and likely richer – endorsement deals for this showing. But that’s not all the fame Michael Phelps won at this year’s Olympics.

Chances are, if you’ve seen Michael Phelps’s face lately, it’s been involved in a meme. The swimmer’s All Business expression prior to last week’s match against a jitterbugging South African rival has become an internet sensation. Forget the Wheaties box. Becoming a meme subject is the New Fame in Millennial World. And it lasts a lot longer than 15 minutes.

The meme popularity just adds to another factor of Phelps’s success. He’s relatable. He has an everyman face and seems a bit awkward in front of the camera. That makes him endearing, while his accomplishments make him feel superhuman. It’s an interesting and dichotomous complement. Phelps is both what everyone aspires to be and what most already are. Both talented and average. Hopeful and committed.

Phelps’s fame has made a huge difference not just for Phelps but for U.S. swimming in general. There’s more money flowing into the sport and thus more opportunity for American kids to get off the couch and get into the pool.

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Business Leaders Struggle to Explain Trump

It’s been about a year since Donald Trump announced his bid for the Presidency. At that time, people believed it more of a hoax than reality, but a year later and he’s got the backing as the Republican Party’s candidate. While here in the States, both parties have their candidates, and each has strong supporters, the rest of the world struggles to understand why Trump is part of the equation, and how he’ll fit if he wins. Continue reading →