Jason Hope: The Futurist of Scottsdale

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UPDATED May 10th, 2017 – Read Jason Hope’s latest article on how airlines are tapping into the internet of things to help improve the customer experience.

With an inquisitive mind and a passion for the future, Jason Hope has staked his claim as one of Scottsdale’s most interesting people. One of his chief concerns is to discover ways in which human beings can live longer, healthier lives. Specifically, Hope wants us to put more emphasis upon the ways in which we can prevent the illnesses that are causing humans to age and die before their time. The old adage that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to his philosophy. This is why the SENS foundation has been one of the many groups that he has supported publicly.

As an Arizona native and ASU alumnus, Jason Hope believes in enriching and lifting up the area that has provided him with so much opportunity. With a commitment to philanthropy, Hope has defined himself as a businessman who truly cares about helping everyone in the world to attain a better quality of life. Time and time again, he has proven that he’s not content to just sit back and rake in revenue from his companies. Hope is a thoughtful philanthropist that truly researches the charities he supports, becoming involved and advocating for them. He also encourages other people to dig into their pockets and support the groups that they believe are making a difference in the world.

A true Renaissance man, Hope also strives to help others who are coming up with new and different ideas. Budding entrepreneurs are even encouraged to go on his website and submit a proposal for a grant. Awarding amounts between five hundred and five thousand dollars, Hope has proven that he is more than willing to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to innovation. In a world that is rapidly shifting and expanding, Jason Hope has exhibited a bold new way of innovating for the better.

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How Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe Are Now Declining Donations With Attached Strings

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The Founder and Chief Executive of Ubuntu Education Fund, Jacob Lief, has spent years raising money from rich individuals and foundations. He eventually realized a startling fact; money was coming in but it wasn’t helping the people who’s mission the nonprofit was designed to help. The problem is that most large donors want to many strings attached to their money and also have arbitrary time limits where grants need to be applied for over and over. He, along with the Chairman of the Board of this charity, Andrew Rolfe, decided to start saying no thanks to those donors who placed restrictions on their donations and the charity is in a far better place now.

Ubuntu Education Fund is designed to help disadvantaged children in South Africa’s Port Elizabeth area earn an education and other necessary resources. After Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe settled on saying no to restrictions, they now focus on the high-net-worth individuals and foundations that don’t have strings in place. While this change of approach has led to less money being raised it has enabled them to help more children.

Many well-off donors give grants mainly so that they can have buildings and grants named after them. However, as Andrew Rolfe has pointed out, many of the things that cost money can’t have money spent on them due to this such as IT support, training, and the cost of staff. While the money that can be used for general operations has gone up over the last number of years it’s still to little to realistically operate a nonprofit.

In order to make sure that Ubuntu Education Fund and a potential donor are a good match, Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe start the discussion early with them on how the money is going to be used. If they can align goals early in the process the outcomes for the children in Port Elizabeth are much higher. This also clears up many disagreements on how the money is going to be spent and makes the donation process and negotiations much simpler and cleaner.

 

Nine9 is Revolutionizing the Entertainment Scene by Helping Models and Actors to Succeed in It

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The nine9 Unagency is a brainchild of Anthony Toma. He serves in the position of chief executive officer of this innovative company. He recently had a privilege of sharing his personal and career story with ideamensch.

Origin of the idea to establish Nine9

Toma came up with the concept of building Nine9 when he was still running a grocery business. In his quest to identify profitable opportunities in the food sector, Toma bumped into an agency that focused on acting and modeling matters. He decided to acquire the business, studied it, and eventually expanded it by opening up to 26 branches across the nation.

A look at Toma’s typical day

CEO Anthony Toma begins his day by preparing his children and taking them to school. Upon arriving at the office, he prepares the schedule for the day, replies to emails, and then jumps on social media to acquaint himself with current trends.

Developing ideas and executing them

CEO Toma pens down ideas that come to his mind, identify strengths and weaknesses of the idea, and then shares it with his team. At times, Toma and his team may put the idea online, carry out some tests, and eventually launch it and more information click here.

What is Nine9?

he Nine9 is reputable Unagency that helps actors and models established professional and well-paying careers in the entertainment sector. The organization delivers innovative tools, lucrative opportunities, and unwavering support that assist entertainers in starting and developing their careers. When Nine9 began its official operations, its main agenda was to offer tools and necessary resources for all ambitious talent to succeed in their endeavors.

Over a decade or so, Nine9 has grown drastically to become an esteemed authority in casting throughout the nation. The firm leverages cutting-edge technology and committed staff with more than ten years of experience to nurture strong client relationships, organize events, and offer reliable advice. The Unagency boasts a competent staff that upholds the virtues of kindness, honesty, and respect when dealing with clients and what Nine9 knows.

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Using WEN for Fine Hair, A Win Win Situation

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We have to be careful on how we treat fine hair. Fine hair typically lacks volume because hair care products weigh each strand down. People with fine hair usually complain about how their style falls after a few hours since it was styled. One consumer put WEN Hair to the test to see if the entire rave was true or not. To be able to view the day by day results, go here to review the results.

If you are one to wash your hair daily then WEN shampoo is for you. It leaves your hair soft, giving that luminous shine, and very manageable. It also saves you money on all the other hair care products needed to give the same results that WEN does. One bottle compared to five, you can’t beat that. WEN is great for all hair types, including fine, thin hair. It doesn’t contain all the harsh chemicals that can potentially damage your hair over time. WEN cleanses and moisturizes the hair without ridding your hair of all the natural oils it needs on a daily basis. It brings hair back to life. So if you struggle with frizzy, dull hair, don’t hesitate to try WEN.

Chaz Dean is an upscale salon owner and product line developer. His visions soared beyond cutting and color. He wanted to develop a product that doesn’t contain all the harsh chemicals that many other hair care products do, https://chazdean.com/store.aspx. That is when WEN was born. WEN is a product that replaces so many hair care products. It is a 5 in 1 hair care product. It cleanses, conditions, deep conditions, detangles, and acts as a leave in conditioner. After about 3 weeks of use, it completely moisturizes the hair leaving it manageable and giving it that luminous shine that we all want. Check out his products on your QVC beauty stores and Sephora nationwide.

Pacific Rim: Uprising has Finished Filming

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Pacific Rim Sequel has Finally Finished Filming

 

The sequel to the film “Pacific Rim” has hit a major milestone, in the fact that filming has finally been completed.

 

Back in 2013 when the original Pacific Rim hit theaters, it wasn’t nearly a big of a hit in the United States as many thought it would be, but it did do incredibly well overseas. This was all helped by a ton of passionate and dedicated fans who liked the overall premise of the movie. None of this matters now that the sequel entitled Pacific Rim: Uprising will be hitting theaters in 2018. One particular thing to keep in mind is that Guillermo del Toro did not reprise his role as the director.

 

Instead of del Toro, Steven S. DeKnight, who is known for being the showrunner of season one of Daredevil, was the one who was in the director’s seat. Another point to take note of is that the sequel will replace much of the cast from the original films with other talented up and coming actors such as John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. More important than this is the development that the movie has just wrapping up filming, and an announcement for that was made by DeKnight on his own personal Instagram account.

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising will premiere in theaters in a little less than a year and with filming completed now, DeKnight and the rest of the crew and creative time will go into the post-production and editing phase. Aside from Daredevil, DeKnight has also proven how good of a storyteller he is in other works, such as with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spartacus and Angel, just to name a few examples.

 

Boyega is one of the big names attached to the film. His big breakout role was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and following the success of that movie, Uprising happened to be the first big role he signed onto afterwards.

 

Time After Time Fades Away

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The modern television version of Time After Time is a remake of a classic science-fiction film from 1979. The TV show shares an additional connection, a dubious one, with entertainment from the 1970’s. The TV was canceled after six episodes aired. 12 episodes were filmed for the first season. The remaining six won’t be given an airing on the ABC network.

 

The original 1979 film featured an intriguing premise. H.G. Wells invents a time machine in order to travel into the future to chase Jack the Ripper. The evil Ripper plans on continuing his murderous ways in the United States of the 20th century. The film was quite enjoyable and did well at the box office. After nearly 40 years of building a small cult following, the movie was resurrected as a TV show. The result were underwhelming and akin, ironically, to failed TV shows of the 1970’s.

 

In the 1970’s, competition for TV viewers was fierce. A show that did very poorly in the ratings would be shelved quickly. The networks would often cut their losses by removing a television show from the prime time schedule even if original episodes had yet to be aired. Quick cancellations are not uncommon in the present day, but this very abrupt cancellation of Time After Time is somewhat shocking. The show was pulling in 2.2 million viewers. Fear the Walking Dead draws about as many viewers on AMC. Yet, the zombie apocalypse show is deemed a hit and is hyped for an upcoming third season.

 

Time After Time, of course, is born of a different genre and has a different fan base. Zombie and action-oriented science-fiction fans are going to buy tie-in merchandise related to their favorite programs. A lower-rated show can still generate revenue. Time After Time is more of a melodramatic time travel series. No one is going to produce a video game based on the program.

 

The unaired episodes of Time After Time are sure to turn up on home video or streaming. The mere fact the DVD collection contains unaired episodes should appeal to sci-fans and collectors.

 

Kong: Skull Island Does “Fine” at the Global Box Office

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The box office receipts are in for Kong: Skull Island. The film performed in a decent manner. Ticket sales, however, were not great. Above average would be the best way to sum up the movie’s impact with audiences around the world.

 

The new King Kong film, a prequel of sorts, was produced by the same company that remade Godzilla to massive success. Legendary Pictures, working with Warner Bros., came up with the brilliant idea of a “MonsterVerse” that would bring back King Kong and set up a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla.

 

The trouble here is King Kong is not as hot at the box office as Godzilla.

 

In the 1930’s, King Kong ruled the box office. The original film was an incredible sight to behold. The film pulled in millions of dollars when a movie ticket could be purchased for ten cents. The sequel, titled Son of Kong, did not do anywhere near as much business. King Kong would live on in remakes, sequels, and Toho giant monster movies.

 

None ever surpassed the success of the original King Kong. Still, Kong: Skull Island needed to earning around $400 million at the worldwide box office to break even. The film is going to top the $400 million mark, but not by much. There are other sources of revenue such as home video and television that will eventually roll in. Kong: Skull Island is far from a flop. The film will go down as a modest hit. Sadly, the film’s ticket sales reveal King Kong can’t carry a movie on his own anymore.

 

With King Kong vs. Godzilla on the horizon for 2019, the giant ape won’t have to carry a film by his lonesome. Godzilla has remained a much more bankable pop culture icon thanks to consistent appearances in television programs, video games, cartoons, and, of course, movies. Scores of Godzilla toys on shelves assisted with keeping the radioactive dinosaur popular with kids.

 

King Kong is still an iconic character in his own right. Kong will continue to be part of the entertainment landscape for years to come. Maybe one day he will show up in Jurassic Park.

 

DC’s Batgirl Film Continues Rolling to Production

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On the heels of DC Films’ announcement of a Batgirl movie, rumors have been circulating that Lindsey Morgan will be playing the starring role. Known for her performance as “Raven Reyes” on The CW’s The 100. Although it’s not a sure-fire pick for the upcoming movie, her twitter account continuously retweets messages regarding the choice.

 

Although, it’s not fully known if this film will be part of the burgeoning DC film universe, but it has been announced at the same time as a Nightwing film. Releasing live action versions of Batman’s supporting characters is not unprecedented in recent years. FOX’s prime time show Gotham has been a big success for the network and introduced a number of characters to the average viewer’s lexicon.

 

Warner Brothers, DC’s parent company, is seeking Joss Whedon to write and direct this latest superhero outing. Since he’s had ample comic book film experience, Whedon’s addition is being looked at because of his commercial successes. He took the helm on Marvel’s The Avengers, but fans are hoping it will be another along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – a tough, acrobatic girl who is also naive and adventurous.

 

Whedon is believed to bring one major thing that he’s well-known for, namely a sense of humor to the situations. Batgirl can add a bit of the fun that has lacked in DC’s film universe to date. Due to the timing, it may also cross over with the Nightwing film, since both characters are very tightly-knit in the comic books.

 

The real question thus far for fans of the character is how they intend to present her. The character started in the comic books in 1961 but became a household name due to her addition for the final season of the Batman television series in 1967 as portrayed by Yvonne Craig. She later ended up paralyzed by the Joker and took up the mantle of Oracle, a computer hacker and spy. The comics returned to her roots in the late 1990s and 2000s. While most are convinced that the Barbara Gordan version of the character will be represented as a way to tie it into the current films.

 

Batgirl Moves Forward And Expands The Batman Movie Franchise

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The D.C. Extended Universe features a number of lesser-known heroes soon to make a big splash on the big screen. And then there are iconic characters that everyone knows and loves. Heroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are always going to be prominently featured. The news of a Batgirl film should raise eyebrows. The character is known to many thanks to the incredible performance by Yvonne Craig in the 1960’s.

 

Batgirl absolutely deserves her own film. In the near future, she is going to get one. Maybe Batgirl can provide the spark capable of extended the Batman franchise. The publication history of Batman comics is loaded with a number of outstanding characters. Many should be able to do well in their own features.

 

Batgirl has a track record of success. The only reason the 1960’s Batman TV series was renewed for a third season was due to the introduction of Batgirl. Millions of people have fond memories of Craig’s portrayal of the heroine. Those memories may translate into enthusiasm for a Batgirl feature.

 

D.C. Comics and Warner Bros. want to succeed where Sony faltered with the Spider-Man franchise. Sony wanted a host of Spider-Man spinoff projects including Venom, The Sinister Six, Black Cat, and even a bizarre Aunt May spy film. When Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed, the plans were scrapped.

 

The massive popularity of Harley Quinn shows Batman characters can carry films. This is why Harley Quinn is getting her own standalone film and will appear with other Batman characters in Gotham City Sirens.

 

The adult Dick Grayson drops his Robin persona to become Nightwing, another Batman character getting a film. Nightwing may need to be introduced in The Batman film or another project since the character is not known to many non-readers of D.C.’s comic books.

 

Strangely, as plans for the expansion of the Batman franchise role forward, the solo project dubbed The Batman is going through a page-one rewrite. That means the screenplay is being scrapped and a new one being written. The production start has been delayed.

 

Let’s all hope every Batman and Batman-inspired movie is worth the wait.

 

The Mystic Hollywood

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You wouldn’t think it but one of the growing trends among Hollywood elites is the study of an ancient Jewish mysticism called Kabbalah. The most important figure in Hollywood leading this charge is Madonna. She has opened up numerous Kabbalah centres and has exposed other celebrities to Kabbalah.

The Kabbalah centre in Los Angeles is home to many people including celebrities struggling with various difficulties in life. Paris Hilton, after her breakup with Nick Carter, admitted that the Kabbalah Centre has helped her cope with her split. This Jewish mysticism is based on the Zohar, the fundamental text studied in the Kabbalah centre. It has a very treasured and holy place in the jewish religion. The Centre was opened up originally in Jerusalem in 1922 by Rabbi YehudahAshlag. Rabbi Yehudah is most famous for his translation and commentary on the Kabbalah and Zohar from Aramaic to Hebrew.

The Kabbalah Centre has since branched to over five thousand locations including Los Angeles. It holds special classes for celebrities including one on ones with special rabbis. It also holds special services and prayers. One of the central points that the Kabbalah centre tries to impart on its members is that the purpose of life is to help others with whatever means you can. For some people that can be a life of activism, and for others it can be a life of humanitarian. Many celebrities have used the Kabbalah centre as a springboard for a full conversion into Judaism including the late Elizabeth Taylor and more information click here.

Despite the growing attention and rapid growth by the Kabbalah Centre, things haven’t always been so smooth. Many celebrities have treated Kabbalah as the latest hip flavor of the month to be adopted and thrown away. Some celebrities, like Britney Spears, have since transitioned to Hinduism or Buddhism in their search for some truth. It has also been attacked from the more orthodox sections of Judaism declining to endorse their mass teaching style open to the public. Undeterred by these stumbles the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and Kabbalah Centre across the world continue to grow and teach people the hidden mysticism contained in Judaism and Kabbalah of Website.