DC’s Batgirl Film Continues Rolling to Production

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

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

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.

DC Comics Pulls Ahead of Competition in Female Superhero Movies

Boys around the world have plenty of heroes to look up to when they go out to the movies. From watching Captain America fight Hydra to looking on in awe as Batman defeats the criminals of Gotham City to Superman vanquishing General Zod and his cronies, there is no shortage of male superheroes on the big screen. Little girls around the world may have been wondering where their superhero role models have been.

 

There was a lot of disappointment when it became clear after the first Avengers movie that the character of Black Widow would not be getting her own standalone movie. The degree to which she thrashed the bad guys in that movie and in “Iron Man 2” certainly seemed to have earned her a place in her own film.

 

Female superhero fans around the world were given cause to rejoice with the appearance of Wonder Woman in the latest DC movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Unlike poor Black Widow, Wonder Woman will be getting her own movie that is scheduled to be released this June. Trailers are out for it, and it looks like it will be a box office winner for DC Comics.

 

In the latest female superhero news, Joss Whedon has signed on to direct a standalone film for Batgirl. This is fantastic news for fans of this character from her debut in DC Comics back in 1967 and her appearance in the old television show “Batman.” Joss Whedon is, of course, famous for directing such Marvel Cinematic Universe films as “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now that he is crossing over to the DC Comics film franchise, it will be interesting to see how his new movie compares to the ones he has already done for DC Comics’ biggest competitor in this industry. One thing is certain, DC Comics has a leg up over Marvel in terms of shining a spotlight on strong, powerful female leads in their franchise.

 

 

Yanni Hufnagel – When Courage Meets Drive

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Growing up in Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel was always drawn to sports, basketball in particular. His knowledge of the game of basketball was beyond most of his peers from an early age. In high school he became the commentator for his high school’s basketball team after being cut from the varsity squad. Although he did not make the team, he did not let his athleticism go to waste. While attending Pennsylvania State University, he became a member of the institute’s lacrosse team. He attended the university for a year before transferring to Cornell University where he received his bachelors in degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.

 

Through it all, he did not let his passion for basketball die. He was chosen to take part in an internship program with the New Jersey Nets and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma where he became the graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Since his time interning with the Nets, Hufnagel has gone on two become of the best assistant coaches of today. The list of schools that Hufnagel has served at include Harvard, Vanderbilt, the Berkely campus of the University of California and the Reno location of the University of Nevada.

 

In an article by Tablet entitled, Harvard Basketball’s Whiz Kid, Hufnagel’s successful journey into the world of basketball coaching was chronicled. The article discussed how Hufnagel was a prime factor in the development of current NBA greats like Jeremy Lin and Blake Griffin and how his recruiting tactics have solidified him as one the best assistant coaches of his time.

 

Yanni Hufnagel is the epitome of what greatness one can achieve when they pursue life with courage and great passion. He is an inspiration to many and his life will continue to help the dreams of others.

IT Trailer Breaks All Viewing Records

Anyone who doubted the potential box office success of the updated version of Stephen King’s IT now has less of a reason to doubt. The teaser trailer was released online and quickly smashed all records. The number of views tallied by the end of the first 24-hour period logged in at 197 million views. That number absolutely and totally crushes the numbers held by previous record holders. Star Wars: The Force Awakens “only” drew 127 million views.

 

IT may need a title change to HIT. The film has the potential to be one of the biggest horror hits of all-time.

 

IT is a remake of the classic TV movie version of Stephen King’s outstanding novel. The lengthy TV movie was critically acclaimed, faithful to the source material, and quite scary for a TV outing. The cinematic version is also going to be faithful to the original novel. This time, however, the project comes with an R-Rating. The visceral horror of the novel will be presented on the silver screen and without any censorship filters.

 

The horror genre has been slumping the past few years. Get Out was a massive box office success showing that fears the genre was on the way out were overstated. A project that is not a useless sequel or a rehash of cliches always has the potential to connect with audiences.

 

IT is something a bit more intriguing than the traditional horror movie. Yes, creepy clowns are all the rage these days. A newfound interest in insane clowns positively played a role in stirring up similar interest in IT. IT is also one of those rare films that may draw in old and new fans. Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, IT can attract audiences who sat in front of the TV and watches the classic miniseries 25 years ago while also drawing in young ones who want to learn what all the hubbub is about Pennywise the Clown.

 

All will unravel when the first film is released in the coming months. In a year or so, the second chapter of IT is slated for a debut.

 

 

Better Call Saul to Experience A Change in Tone

Better Call Saul is a great title for a television series. The title for the AMC series pretty much tells the viewers people call on Saul when things get really bad. Maybe the next time someone calls Saul they will need to do so to cheer the poor guy up. The upcoming third season of the series is going to take on a more ominous and darker tone. Reportedly, the lighthearted series will venture into thematic and tonal territory similar to Breaking Bad.

 

In a way, this is a logical progression. At some point, the timelines of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad do need to connect. The descent of Better Call Saul into foreboding territory definitely would craft the perfect connection to the strange world of Breaking Bad.

 

Cable television shows do take a lot more chances with their characters and storylines than most network shows. Network shows nefariously like to keep programs going from season to season. A program may enter its 11th season even after being stale since the seventh season. As long as there is a segment of viewers willing to tune in and watch a show, the networks are going to keep it alive.

 

Cable television is a bit different. The strategy with pay and basic cable channels is to craft a solid narrative, develop it over time, and bring a series to a logical conclusion. If audience interest remains, plans for spinoffs are put in motion. Breaking Bad probably could have survived several more seasons and experienced dwindling numbers. What would be the point of that if a new and fresh series such as Better Call Saul can be made instead?

 

Ironically, AMC is experiencing ratings troubles with The Walking Dead. The series is trudging onwards with declining ratings and boring plots. AMC might see the value in ending a series at the right time, but ending a series that is a cash cow isn’t exactly a high priority.

 

Better Call Saul, like Breaking Bad, is a way different program than The Walking Dead. Better Call Saul is also far from stale and can thrive for many more seasons. Changing the tone of the series could help it maintain interest for a number of additional years.

 

Westworld Season Two Won’t Jump Timelines

The HBO series Westworld is definitely developing a strong cult following among fans of science-fiction television programs. The inaugural season of Westworld employed a number of alternate timelines in order to weave the timelines seamlessly together. All this lead to a shocking twist at the end of the season.

 

Season two of Westworld is not going to incorporate the concept of various timelines. Fans might be unhappy to hear that one of the “cooler” aspects of season one is being dropped. Honestly, fans should see the decision to stick with a singular timeline a good thing.

 

The official reason for dropping the multiple timelines makes sense. In the first season, weaving back and forth from the past to the future better helped establish the characters. Plus, the revelation of the surprise twist allowed all the different timelines to connect together.

 

Repeating the same conventions in the second season probably would not work very good. For one, the whole element of surprise would be gone. Reusing multiple timelines could also be deemed lazy writing and planning. The concept runs the risk of slipping into the cliche of overused flashbacks. Too many flashbacks can ruin a movie or TV show.

 

Another thing worth noting is not everyone gave a thumbs up to the multiple timelines. Complaints levied at Westworld season one often focused on the convoluted nature of the various storylines. Not every viewer was thrilled about the storylines being revealed as hidden timeline flashbacks.

 

The various criticisms about the first season have been heard loud and clear by the producers and showrunners. The HBO executives likely heard the criticisms clearly as well. Westworld received some initial bad press due to production problems. The series definitely is a complicated one to produce. Troubles are expected on genre projects with large budgets. Still, no cable network wants to read anything controversial in the trades. Streamlining the narrative could improve perceptions about the program.

 

The debut of season two of Westworld is still up in the air. A lot of preproduction work seems to be going into crafting the sophomore more. Hopefully, the extra work will pay dividends in the form of a continually awesome series.

 

Darth Vader’s Castle Likely to Appear in ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

Prior to the events of “Rogue One,” fans had no idea where Darth Vader chose to live in his off-time. While the reveal of his castle on Mustafar, positioned close to the site where Anakin died and Vader properly began in “Episode III,” gave us plenty of information on its exterior, details of the castle’s interior remain sketchy at best.

 

Since Rogue One’s release, Lucasfilm’s story division has worked to unite the franchise’s multi-faceted approach to media. Some of this clarification has included that Vader’s castle has a lava dam that originates from a conceptual art piece by Ralph McQuarrie for “Episode IV.” The various designers and storytellers have gone to great lengths to solidify the details surrounding Vader’s unnamed castle, likely because it will play a part in future Star Wars films.

 

In an Uproxx interview, Doug Chiang, a VP and creative director for Lucasfilm, shared some of the consistent ideas and themes surrounding Vader’s castle and Vader’s uses for it. The discussion included brainstorming on why Vader chose Mustafar, why the castle looks as it does, and so on, and giving feedback like how Vader chooses to use it to center and calm himself, complete with a rejuvenating “bacta tank” to heal his body. That last point was featured in one of the few internal shots Rogue One viewers got to see. Director Gareth Edwards’ own take on the castle was that it serves as a focusing point for Dark Side energies.

 

As for how Vader’s unnamed castle might play some role in future movies, Episode VIII’s current narrative includes an antagonist character, Kylo Ren, who is fixated on anything even remotely connected to Darth Vader. This would be more than enough to justify an extended sequence of Kylo Ren navigating the decrepit stronghold to learn more about his grandfather and possibly even more on the ways of the Sith and the Dark Side.

 

The de-canonized Expanded Universe also gave Vader a castle, Cast Bast, on an acid rain-soaked planet. This site served not only as a stronghold for Vader but also for the seven “Dark Side Elite.”

 

Andrew Rolfe: A Right Choice For Ubuntu Education Fund

Jacob Lief, CEO, and founder of Ubuntu Education Fund, after arranging a huge amount in an annual gathering at Davos, still feels like they are getting funds but they are not able to change the lives of peopled. Jacob created a company Ubuntu Education Fund (UEF) with a vision that it will help kids from Cape Province for their education and their bright future.

He has recently hired Andrew Rolfe as a Chairman and Andrew is now working beside Jacob in Ubuntu Education Fund to help him for his noble cause. Andrew Rolfe is working hard to improve the social welfare, health care and the education problems in Cape Town. Andrew Rolfe has very inspiring credentials which made him ideal selection to work beside, Jacob Lief, a man with a noble cause

Jacob with the assistance of Andrew Rolfe is always looking for a helping hand, but he always prefers hand from a philanthropist who has faith in him and his company. He refused for the funds that come with a limitation and that rejections show that he is true to his cause and he wants kids for their education without any education.

Serving on a board of a non-profit firm also let donors have a watch on the operations of a non-profit. That can often be helpful, particularly if a donor has appropriate professional experience. Because in such case he can help that non-profit to work more efficiently and reach the area where it could not be due to the lack of professional knowledge.

Even if a donor become personally involved or don’t join the board in shaping the strategy of an organization, the terms of a grant can also make restrictions about how non-profits use the money. Donors who are rich usually like helping for a particular project, setting up scholarship funds or making gifts for buildings which can carry their names. But Andrew never thought of the name. He always worked for a noble cause no matter if he would be the name for that achievement. He is happy with a feeling that he is working for his cause and someone, somewhere is getting an education because of Ubuntu Education Fund.