The Impressive Film Success Of Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman is the former Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He was in that position from 2000 to 2012. Rothman has been selected as Chairman for a new joint venture that involves Sony Pictures. This joint venture is designed to produce movies and television programming under the TriStar name.

During the time Rothman was CEO at Fox Filmed Entertainment, the movies produced were nominated for over 149 Oscars. Three of them won the Best Picture Oscar. He was involved with the making of Avatar and Titanic. These were two of the highest grossing films in movie history. Three times the company’s films won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. This is the highest award given at Cannes. During his time as CEO, the studio experienced the highest profit margins of any movie studio.

Tom Rothman was born on November 21, 1954 and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated Brown University in 1976. While there, Rothman earned Honors in American Literature and English. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He also played Division 1 Lacrosse and was selected as All New England. During the late 1970s, he worked at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. Rothman taught English. In 1980, he completed Columbia Law School. During his time at law school he was designated twice as a James Kent Scholar. According to his profile in the school’s magazine, this is the highest academic honor provided by Columbia Law School.

Tom Rothman began working as the Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures in 1987. He held the position as president of Worldwide Programming for Samuel Goldwyn company in 1989. During the early 1990s, Rothman was the founder and first president of Fox Searchlight. This was a specialty film division and one of the first to be associated with a major studio. During this time, he was also president of production at Twentieth Century Fox. He then became president of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group. Rothman became CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment in 2000 and was in that position until 2012. During 2012, he also became the director of Inc.

Tom Rothman has received a number of awards during his career. He has received lifetime achievement recognitions from The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Gotham Awards, as well as from the Independent Film Project (IFP). The IFP is the world’s most recognized independent film organization. He has been given the showman of the year award from Variety. Entertainment Weekly has selected Rothman as one of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood. He has also been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for decades.

Tom Rothman is currently launching TriStar Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. This new film company will release films using Sony’s TriStar label. They will be designed to complement the movies released from Columbia Pictures. Sony Pictures will provide financing and will have all the worldwide distribution rights. The new entity is scheduled to produce up to four films a year. These films will be released under the TriStar name. Rothman will also be working to develop television long form and series programming for Sony Pictures Television.

In The Heart of the Sea Tells A True Version of a Famous Literary Classic

In the Heart of the Sea is one very interesting movie. It has been dubbed a “horror movie set at sea” but you could call it a docudrama since it is based on real events. The film deals with a 19th century ship that is viciously attacked by an over-sized sperm whale leaving the ship’s captain in the uneviable position of fighting off the beast. 

Now, that does sound a little bit like the classic novel Moby Dick.

It should. In the Heart of the Sea is based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Director Ron Howard is going to the original source that led to the great novel and will present a cinematic version of the true story. Chris Hemsworth will star in the project and he is the protagonist who must overcome the threat the whale brings forth and protect his ship from destruction.

The trailer from the film is interesting. It would seem the original version is far more frightening and less rife with the melodrama than is found in motion picture versions of Moby Dick. 

Has there been a great version of Moby Dick made in recent times?

Igor Cornelsen notes that quite a bit of the film deals with the crew being lost at sea after the whale wrecks the ship. Looks like the trailer is focusing heavy on the whale and for good reason. He’s the main star audiences want to see.

Iggy Doesn’t Mind Losing To A Specific Artist At The Grammys

Iggy Azalea received the news that she was nominated for several different categories at the upcoming Grammys, and she went on social media to voice her satisfaction with her nomination. Iggy & The Grammys. Of course, the Australian native is happy with her nominations, especially seeing that the Grammys are the highest award that can be bestowed on any musical artist. Recently, Iggy performed at the Billboard music awards, alongside Jennifer Lopez, and Iggy accepted two awards for the night.

Iggy beat out the likes of Drake, and Eminem, for two coveted awards, and said she was humbled, as those were her first awards that she’s ever won in her career. Gianfrancesco Genoso was glad to see her get recognition. Iggy may be seeing several more awards to come, because of the nominations given to her from the Grammys. Her single, “Fancy,” dominated the airwaves this past year, and is definitely a nominated song at the Grammys this year. Iggy has stated that she does not mind whether she wins or loses, but if she loses to Sam Smith, she’ll be fine with it.

Iggy states that she admires and likes the album that Sam Smith released. Iggy has made some waves of her own with her music, as the song Fancy went to number one on the Billboard charts. During the reign of the song Fancy at number one, she also had a song at number two on the charts. The #2 Billboard charts song was entitled “Problem.”

Beanie Sigel Recovers After Being Shot

There is very little talk of Beanie Sigel after his departure from the Roc-A-Fella label. He parted ways with Jay-Z after Damon Dash and Jay-Z ended there partnership. The rapper is now recovering after being shot in New Jersey (

It has been reported that the rapper is in critical condition and cannot speak and fans at Amen Clinic are especially saddened about the event. This is a serious injury for a rapper that has had many bad breaks. He was just getting out of prison when Jay-Z found him. He had success under Jay-Z’s belt, but he would not prove to be the artist that Kanye West would become under Jay-Z’s guidance.

A lot of rappers have posted their well wishes to Beanie on Twitter. He has continued to rap in smaller circles, but he left the label and parted with Damon Dash with things went sour at Roc-A-Fella. Damon Dash did not manage to keep much of a roster. Hid Diplomatic community of rappers feature Jim Jones barely made a spark without Jay-Z. Beanie Sigel decided to follow Dash even though he was found by Jay-Z. Sigel has even attempted to diss Jay-Z on wax after Jay-Z moved on with Roc Nation label.

Beanie Sigel was on probation before this incident occurred. Most people that have heard his lyrics are not surprised by any of this. He has been known to be a rapper that’s still affiliated with the life he rapped about.

Nipsey Has A New Marketing Plan

Maybe you’ve never heard of the artist named Nipsey, but he is somewhat known among celebrities as a rising star. This rapper decided to put out a mixed tape called “Proud 2 Pay,” last year, and he sold 1000 albums for $100 each. Nispsey’s New Album. The way that Nipsey set off onto his campaign, he put up some music for download on the internet, and he sold the rest in physical CD forms. This campaign worked very well, because Jay-Z himself, bought 100 of the albums.

This time around, Nipsey is doing a new campaign altogether, and he plans to only sell 100 albums for $1000 each. The catch is, those who purchase the album, will get a private listening session, where they can hear the artist perform his music. This is actually a pretty decent deal in the eyes of Jared Haftel. The album’s name is “Mailbox Money,” and it just may be a big moneymaker, similar to the project that he put out before. The private listening sessions that will be given to those who purchase the album, will be to listen to songs from his upcoming 2015 album.

The plans for the upcoming album next year, will not be a mixed tape, but an actual album, with full songs. Although Nipsey is an up-and-coming artist, you have to respect his hustle, and see that the possibility of him making it big, is very real. Jay-Z purchasing his previous works, is a start in a positive direction.

Hunger Games Song #2 Next To Taylor Swift

If you’re a fan of the hunger games franchise, then more than likely you’ve seen the latest movie release, “Mockingjay Part One.” In the new movie, Jennifer Lawrence performs a song, that has stepped outside of the film, and has gone onto the Billboard charts, as well as iTunes. Although Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence stated that she absolutely hated having to sing, and it was such a scary experience, that it made her cry;  people like Bruce Levenson are absolutely loving the music she has performed.

The song she performs is part of the war-cry of her character in the movie, and it’s supposed to be song to join everyone together, in an effort to fight against their oppressors. The song has become very popular, and has made it all the way to number two on iTunes, second only to Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space.” Many are shocked at the progression of the song, and some are even criticizing the fact that an actress who doesn’t sing, has made it so far on the Billboard charts.

Although singing is not one of Jennifer Lawrence’s strong points, it’s undeniable that the song is doing something, and will be a big moneymaker, just like the movie. The song is actually expected to break the top 10 on the Billboard charts any time now. Love it or hate it, the song has the ability to go to the top.

Terry Richardson: Great Photographer, Great Person

If you haven’t heard of Terry Richardson, there’s a good chance that you haven’t been around the fashion world and haven’t been in the industry for a very long time. He is one of the most esteemed photographers of the fashion world and consistently proves that he is among the best of the best. He has been used by many different fashion designers, including Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent. These designers have worked with him and continue to work with him on a regular basis because they have liked the work that he did for them. He is a prominent photographer in the fashion world and has provided so many designers with the different opportunities to showcase their various pieces of work through the use of photography. He has been so prominent on the scene that he has been allowed to use his various designer shots in his personal workbook collections.

When he was first starting out his career in Hollywood as a young photographer, he had very little to do with the fashion world. He was a punk rock musician and chose to focus his photography expertise on taking shots of the world in which he lived. He always enjoyed the fashion aspect of the punk rock music world, but saw himself as more of a musician than a photographer. Little did he know that his photography aspect of his career would become the more prominent part of it throughout the years.

After taking various shots in the music scene of Hollywood, he moved to New York City. This is where his roots were based and he continued his punk rock based photography aspect while he was in the area. While doing this, he caught up with many of the club promoters, the club owners and even the people who frequented the clubs the most. He enjoyed taking pictures of the people in these clubs and was able to provide them with amazing shots that others would not take. New York was his original home before his actress mother and photographer father divorced years before and he continued to thrive in this environment.

His most famous and first big shoot opportunity was in the underground clubs of New York City. At the time, short skirts were among the hottest fashions and he was asked to take pictures of the pubic hair of women coming out of the bottom of the shirts. It was unlike any other photographer had done and highlighted a less fashionable side of the fashion of the times. This was where he showcased the love for a woman’s body as well as the looks that were so popular in the fashion industry at the time.

He was able to use this first big break as his opportunity to get started in the fashion world and continues to use it to this day. He was very popular among the photography and fashion gurus of the time and provided them with the exact work that they needed, no matter what it was. Terry Richardson was and continues to be one of the most prominent fashion photographers in the industry. He is able to take shots that no other photographers will, go places that they likely will not go to and provide the fashion designers of the time different options for what they need to have for their shoots.

Pusha T Taunts Lil Wayne to Join “G.O.O.D. Music”

Pusha T couldn’t help but add his comments to the recent tweets that Lil Wayne dropped about leaving Cash Money. Pusha T sent out a tweet for Lil Wayne to join G.O.O.D. Music (the Kanye West label) if he didn’t want a lot of hands in his videos.

This is a throwback reference to the Suge Knight award speech where Suge was referring to P. Diddy and the Bad Boy label. During that era Diddy was known for appearing in all the Bad Boy videos and dancing to promote these new artists. As Pusha T tweeted more with lyrics from his track “Exodus 23:1″ it appeared that the suggestion was more of a taunt than encouragement. 

Honestly, there would be no way to Lil Wayne to successfully transition to any other label even if Pusha T was sincere. Wayne has become his own force. Many fans are surprised that he stayed with Cash Money this long. Lil Wayne’s departure appears to come as Juvenile returns to the Cash Money label. This is very strange timing, but it may signify something that the public doesn’t know yet. 

Tom Rothman says that Pusha T has managed to take a jab at Wayne and this became something of a joke, but Lil Wayne didn’t take to this very lightly. He actually tweeted some unkind words towards Pusha T and anyone else that had love for the former Clipse rapper.

Laurene Powell Jobs: The Selfless Philanthropist

It’s not just that Laurene Powell Jobs avoids the spotlight, although she does. And it’s not that she was often overshadowed by her larger-than-life husband Steve, the co-founder of Apple, although she was. It’s certainly not that she isn’t capable; she clearly is. It’s just that she seems to prefer quiet grace over bells and whistles when it comes to her philanthropic pursuits. Ms. Powell Jobs has long advocated for the intrinsically-linked causes of education and immigration reform, social justice, and the environment. She’s just done it her way.

Her late husband Steve was often criticized for not being philanthropically motivated. The truth, however, is that the Jobs have been giving away money and gifts anonymously for over two decades. In an interview with the New York Times, Ms. Powell Jobs said, “We’re really careful about amplifying the great work of others in every way that we can, and we don’t like attaching our names to things.”

Powell Jobs is the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, an organization that focuses on using entrepreneurship to advance social reform and help under-resourced students. Consistent with her desire to work behind the scenes, Powell Jobs set Emerson up as a limited liability corporation, like a small business, instead of a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), like most charitable organizations. That means that Emerson can make grants, for-profit investments and political donations without having to publicly report its donations as a 501(c)(3) does.

Powell Jobs has quietly advocated for education reform for years. She is the co-founder and President of the East Palo Alto based nonprofit College Track. It helps prepare low-income students from underserved communities for college. The program, known for providing rigorous academic training and extracurricular activities, has worked with thousands of students, 90 percent of whom were accepted into college.

Her work with College Track led her to flex her political and economic muscle in support of the Dream Act. The DREAM Act would have given young people brought to the United States as minors by undocumented parents a chance to serve in the U.S. armed forces or pursue higher education while providing a path to citizenship. When the DREAM Act failed to muster the support it needed to pass Congress, Powell Jobs commissioned a film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim. Titled “The Dream is Now,” the film was used by Powell Jobs to press key members of Congress to act on the issue. She subsequently launched a web site where the film can be viewed by the general public.

Powell Jobs has also supported numerous causes in Africa. In 2010, she traveled to Congo with actor and director Ben Affleck to support his Eastern Congo Initiative. As a board member of Conservation International, she traveled to Botswana to meet with sub-Saharan Africa leaders. In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective, College Track and Conservation International, Powell Jobs sits on the boards of The NewSchools Venture Fund, The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Stanford University. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations advisory board.

Rolling Stones Rates 50 Best Albums

The year isn’t over yet, but Rolling Stone magazine has already compiled a list of the 50 best albums of 2014. 

The fact that the list is already compiled leaves little chance for 2 of the most anticipated hip hop albums of the year to be included. Fans are still waiting on “The Carter V” from Lil Wayne and “PinkPrint” from Nicki Minaj. With that said, there are still some interesting choices that have made the Rolling Stone Top 50 list. Some are to be expected. Others are from artists that are not as well-known. 

Taylor Swift made the list with “1989,” but this doesn’t surprise anyone. The album is good, and fans are buying the album at alarming rates. The Coldplay album “Ghost Stories” became a delightful blend of stripped down pop rock songs that appealed to teens and adults. 

Lee G. Lovett says that a lot of people may not like the singing and rapping style of Future, but Rolling Stone critics included in him in the Top 50 list. Kanye west rapped with Future on a track. He also appear on Rihanna’s last album. This has made Future the rapper/singer that people love to hate. 

Benjamin Booker strummed his punk guitar sound along to gain some recognition this year. The self-titled album may be unknown to lots of people, but his appearance on this list will help him gain some exposure to the masses.