Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is set to tackle a movie adaptation of action book series The Destroyer. The moviemaker will direct the film based on the 1970s adventure series about U.S. government operative Remo Williams.
Black has a number of high-profile projects in line, including a thriller called Nice Guys featuring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, as well as a reboot of the Predator film franchise.
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A hoax photo of Robin Williams' dead body has prompted bosses at Twitter.com to reevaluate their policies on cyberbullying.
Williams died in an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14), and shortly after his death, a photo of a strangulation victim who resembled the star was lifted from a Spanish-language website and posted online.
The actor's daughter, Zelda Williams, urged fans not to open a link leading to the fake photo, and later announced she would be taking a break from social media after she was bombarded with hurtful messages about the death of her father.
Following the incident, executives at Twitter have suspended a number of accounts and decided to step up action against any members who misuse the site. Vice president of trust and safety at Twitter, Del Harvey, tells ABC News, "Twitter will not tolerate abuse of this nature. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. "This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."
Beyonce is providing 2,000 lucky students in the U.S. with brand new schools supplies through her charitable campaign BeyGOOD.
The Drunk in Love hitmaker has selected underfunded schools in a number of cities on America's East Coast, including New York City, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in Maryland.
Backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, folders and more back-to-school items will be handed out during "pep rallies for good" at the chosen schools. Fans can also purchase the special edition backpacks online and all proceeds will benefit the 2014 Back to School Programme, which helps at-risk children.
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z have spent the summer supporting BeyGOOD and his Shawn Carter Foundation as $1 (70p) from every ticket purchased from their recently wrapped On the Run tour went towards supporting students.
The couple's tour has grossed more than $100 million (£59 million), according to concert promoter Live Nation.
Looks like prisons and politics are a lot more profitable than they first appeared. After spending the last few years battling to see whether Netflix or HBO was truly the superior subscription TV network, the Internet has finally triumphed in terms of subscriber revenue. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed in a Facebook post on Thursday that the online streaming service made $1.146 billion dollars in the last quarter, finishing just ahead of HBO's $1.141 billion earnings. Though he acknowledged that Netflix still had a long way to go before it could surpass the cable giant in terms of overall profits and awards recognition, it was still an important victory for the little guy... if the little guy is also a billion dollar business. In order to determine just how close this David is to overtaking the prestige drama Goliath, we decided to pit the two networks against each other to determine once and for all, whether HBO really is better than Netflix.
Number of Subscribers: Netflix has been coming out on top in this category for some time now, having reached 50 million subscribers from the United States in July of 2014. The latest numbers for HBO, which were released back in January of this year, revealed a smaller total of 29 million. Of course, the large discrepancies in the numbers could be because all of those people “borrowing” HBOGO aren't actually eligible be counted. Winner: Netflix
Original Programming: Despite breaking into the field of original programming only recently, Netflix has amassed a library of 31 titles that are currently available to stream, including original series, documentaries, specials and one-off seasons of hit shows like Arrested Development and The Killing. And though HBO only has 24 original series currently airing, it does have an incredible back-catalog of 111 programs, including specials and miniseries that were created specifically for the channel. Granted, they started producing original content in the ‘90s and Netflix was only founded in 2007, so it wasn’t really a fair fight. Winner: HBO
2014 Emmy Nominations: With two of the most talked about series in recent years – House of Cards and Orange is the New Black – both eligible for awards this year, Netflix came away with a respectable 31 nods, which was more than many established cable and network channels got. Still, it couldn’t come close to the whopping 99 nominations that HBO pulled in, likely due to one-two punch of Game of Thrones and True Detective. And Veep. And Girls. And… well, basically everything it’s currently airing. Winner: HBO
Movies Offered On Demand: In addition the many films and TV show scheduled to run during the day on its various channels, HBO offers over 70 films available to watch anytime, On Demand. However, since Netflix was built for that exact purpose, they have a library of over 6,000 films to choose from on Netflix Instant. Sure, for every Oscar winner of cult favorite there are six more crappy, B-movies in which a random household object some to life and goes on a murderous rampage, but that’s what you get with over 85 times as many options. Winner: Netflix
Subscription Costs: Because it comes as a cable package that depends on what options you choose and how much your service provider charges, it’s hard to get a proper reading on the cost of HBO, although for just the channel, with no extras or Internet, it’s generally somewhere between $15 and $20 a month. That is, if you can actually get the channel by itself. Though Netflix has recently raised their prices, it only costs $8.99 for a streaming subscription, plus an additional $8.99 if you’d like DVDs delivered to your house as well. Let’s be real, though: neither one costs you anything because you’re just going to use the log in information of your one friend who actually pays for them. Winner: Nobody, really. They're equally frustrating processes.
Buffering and Connection Problems: Thanks to the millions of people who are just “borrowing” HBOGO from a friend, the service tends to have a lot of problems, specifically during major premieres or finales or any time a major character gets killed on Game of Thrones. On the plus side, your Twitter timeline likely explodes, dude to the combination of people posting about the shows and complaining about the streams being down, and those people who like to post spoilers just ruin things for everyone. Netflix has had its share of problems as well, and the increased traffic around the premieres of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black tends to increase buffering time and made things load slowly, but generally, as long as your internet connection is good, so’s Netflix. So it’s all your fault, really. Winner: Netflix
So who comes out on top? Despite the Emmys and revenue headed towards HBO, it seems to be Netflix that wins in the end. Throw Amazon Prime into the ring, however, and things might change. They have every season of The Wire on demand!
Orange Is The New Black star Taryn Manning has reached out to a former friend who is accused of stalking the actress, insisting she hopes the defendant "gets the help she needs".
Jeanine Heller, 32, is facing charges of stalking and harassment over allegations she bombarded Manning with hundreds of online messages between April and July (14). The case went back to court in New York City on Wednesday (06Aug14), and it was adjourned until 6 October (14) after the judge at Manhattan Criminal Court ruled no evidence had been produced to show Heller had broken the terms of a restraining order which prevents her from contacting Manning.
After the hearing, Heller's lawyer Jeremy Saland claimed his client had previously received a number of explicit messages from Manning and had filed her own police complaint, telling reporters, "Ms. Manning will answer as to why she's sending these explicit (messages)... My client filed a complaint and that sort of fell on deaf ears. The complainant was harassing my client."
Manning has now released a statement reaching out to the former pal, saying, "My heart goes out to anyone who has endured being stalked and cyber-bullied. I wish Jeanine nothing but the best and that she gets the help she needs."
Rapper Nicki Minaj has mysteriously pushed the release of her new single Anaconda back a week.
The Starships hitmaker was planning on unveiling her track on Monday (28Jul14), but fans will have to wait until 4 August (14) to hear her new music.
Taking to Instagram.com on Sunday (27Jul14), Minaj posted a photo of her controversial cover art for Anaconda and added the caption, "My darlingz (sic), I've pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu (sic)".
On Thursday (24Jul14), Minaj unveiled the cover for the single, which features the voluptuous star crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.
Since posting the shot, a number of critics have taken aim at her for showing too much skin, but she shot back with her own defence in a series of pictures posted on Instagram.
Minaj posted photos of Sports Illustrated cover girls including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, who are all prominently posing with tiny bikini bottoms and showing off their rear ends, along with a caption, "Acceptable".
She then reposted the Anaconda cover art and wrote, "Unacceptable".
Organisers behind Croatia's Pula Film Festival were forced to pull a picture out of competition on Saturday (26Jul14) after discovering moviemakers had breached copyright laws by using songs by David Bowie and The Doors without permission. Vlog, directed by Bruno Pavid and produced by Slobodan Jokic of Croatia's Split Film Academy, featured tracks including Bowie's Space Oddity, The Doors' Light My Fire and Janis Joplin's Cry Baby for dramatic effect during one sequence, but after officials noticed there were no music rights included in the credits, they learned the tunes had been used illegally.
Festival bosses then decided to drop the film from competition.
Producer and festival boardmember Mike Downey says, "We cannot condone copyright infringement by any film in our competition."
Jury members announced the winners of the 61st annual event later that evening, with Kristijan Milic's war movie Number 55 leading the way with eight awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script for Ivan Pavlicic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ed Sheeran's X has become the U.K.'s longest-running number one of the year (14) after fending off a charge from Morrissey to stay on top of the album charts for a fourth week. The album, which has also hit the top spot in the U.S., has sold more than 367,000 copies in Britain, giving Sheeran a week lead over Paolo Nutini for the most time spent at the top of the countdown.
Morrissey's 10th album World Peace is None of Your Business debuts at two.
Meanwhile, boyband Rixton have stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first release, Me and My Broken Heart. The track knocks will.i.am's It's My Birthday off the top spot.
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's Problem stays put at two.
Rock icon Jimi Hendrix's early recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires is set for a proper release after years of legal roadblocks. The 88 studio recordings Hendrix made as a session guitarist for the R&B group between 1965 and 1967 finally belong to his family's music company, Experience Hendrix LLC.
The deal marks the end of the long battle the Hendrix estate had with music producer Ed Chalpin, who originally recorded the tracks.
Chalpin initially signed Hendrix and Knight to a three-year contract with his company PPX International for just $1 and a one per cent royalty rate.
Just before Hendrix went out to pursue a solo career, his manager Chas Chandler bought out every contract Hendrix had previously signed, with the exception of PPX.
After Hendrix became a success, Chalpin and PPX released a number of Knight's records to make it look like Hendrix was a key member of the band.
In 2001, executives at Experience Hendrix LLC won a lawsuit over Chalpin and PPX, enforcing a 1973 consent decree to limit the producer's rights in Hendrix records to 33 masters. In 2006, Experience Hendrix LLC bosses also secured a court order against Chalpin.
Now, the musician's tracks with Knight will be remastered and issued over the next three years through Sony Music's catalogue division, Legacy Recordings.
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The Purge: Anarchy has more ideas than you might expect. But it also has more ideas than it knows what to do with.
Somewhere in the cobbled mess of the second Purge movie to get the green light, there are discussions about class warfare and the oppression of the impoverished. There is even a somewhat earnest attempt to access the psychology of a killer — to tap into what might make an ordinary joe stand up and purge his heart out once a year. There are dissections of the morality behind purging. Is it okay if it's for revenge? Is it okay if it's to level the playing field? Is it okay if we're turning the hounds back on those who released them? Is it ever okay? Lots of questions at bay in The Purge. Lots of ideas.
Unfortunately, none of them are given the attention that they need to blossom into anything truly interesting. Instead, that attention goes (unsurprisingly) to the brutality and tension that spans the length of the movie. As three sets of Purge Night victims (a mother and daughter whose financial distresses are obstinately spelled out at the forefront of the story, an uppity young married couple on the brink of separation, and a well-armed man of mysterious intentions) band together in a feat of survival, we witness efforts so grim and vile that they're inclined to turn a sane viewer off of violent movies for the foreseeable future.
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But we're not quite sure if that's what The Purge: Anarchy wants, opting ultimately for the cathartic joys of the shoot-'em-up climax on which any number of nihilistic blockbusters have relied. In the wake of this incongruity — tapping into the disparate messages of striking back against the tyrannical rich, but also finding compassion and rejecting the urge to purge — we have no idea what The Purge wants us to take away. And that leaves us assuming that it doesn't really want us to take away anything.
So, we're left with the bare bones: 100 minutes of upsetting violence, paper-thin characters, grotesque cinematography, and laughable dialogue. If we can't hang our hats on the occasional interesting point it tries to bring up, we don't have a great deal remaining.
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