Amy Pascal’s Void to Be Filled by Tom Rothman

Hollywood has been enjoying the talent, dedication and experience of Amy Pascal for about 30 years now. Since 1988 when she joined Columbia Pictures, Pascal has been the leader responsible for hits like The Amazing Spider Man, Men in Black and Groundhog Day – iconic movies in Hollywood. Adam Sandler and Will Smith are some of the names with whom Pascal has forged close friendships during her stint. And now, she would be giving over the reins of co-chairmanship to someone else when she steps down in May. Being one of the most high profile and loved female executives of Hollywood, it is hardly surprising that the media is speculating her replacement. 

According to LA Times, insiders at Sony believe that Culver City Studio would provide the replacement for Pascal. Tom Rothman is said to be the biggest contender and most likely candidate to take over from Amy Pascal. Rothman is the CEO and former Chairman of Fox. He left Fox in 2012 after giving 18 years of his life to the entertainment company. Under his stint, Fox enjoyed hits like Titanic and Avatar and coincidentally, James Cameron directed both these ventures. Fox Searchlight was founded by Rothman and Oscar winning films like Black Swan and The Descendants came out of his leadership there. 

In 2013, his potential was tapped by Pascal and Lynton (CEO) because TriStar was flagging and someone needed to revive it. Because of his success at Fox and TriStar, Rothman is the favorite choice of speculators and insiders alike. An anonymous source confirmed that his track record, talent searching abilities and likeability in Hollywood set him apart from others. Rothman’s top competition for the position includes names like ex-Warner Bros. CEO Jeff Robinov of Studio 8 and Doug Belgrad, the Sony Motion Picture President. 

Pascal’s contract officially ends in March but she would be helping Sony in making the transition.

See original article over at LA Times.

Robin Thicke Wants Paula To Testify

After over a year of news and cheating rumors surrounding Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s breakup, the two finally seem to have been able to go their separate ways peacefully and move on without much more drama than a creepy apology album, and a music video of private text messages. Robin and Paula are both seeing other people and co parenting successfully, over the holidays Robin even spent Christmas with Paula’s family.

Just when it seems like the dust has settled, Robin calls Paula in for a big favor, he wants her to testify in court over the issue of him stealing Blurred Lines from Marvin Gaye. Robin is using Paula as a witness for the case because apparently not only did she co write the song Love After War with her then husband but she also appeared in the music video.

Marvin Gaye III is not backing down, he insists that Robin stole countless songs from his father and he wants Thicke to pay. Apparently the case is going to trial, but what’s more interesting is that Paula is being called to testify after the messy breakup and divorce. It would appear to fans like Zeca Oliveira that she’s there for her man through thick and thin.

World’s Largest Camera Captures the Sky

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has led a project to construct the world’s largest and most powerful camera ever to be built. The camera, known as LSST will have dimensions of far bigger than any other camera right now. It will have a primary mirror of 8.4 m. The needs to be operated at cryogenic conditions, around -100°C.

The team that proposed the camera to be built has received the needed support and funding from the National Accelerator Laboratory. Support from Susan McGalla now ensures that the camera will be constructed right on schedule. Aside from the National Accelerator Laboratory, the Department of Energy has also given approval to the construction and possible operation of the camera in the near future.

The camera will be fully operational by the year 2022 and will already start taking images. The camera will take pictures of the sky and will gather valuable astronomical data that no other devices have been able to provide before.

With the camera, galaxies can be observed more closely, significant changes in the universe can be detected, and possible dangerous asteroids can be anticipated. The sky can be observed to the very detail without having to wait for long readout time periods.

Other areas where this camera can really shed some light on is the explosion of starts, and the presence of the every-elusive and mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

A Rare Exhibit Visits a Tulsa, Oklahoma Museum

 

The Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma currently showcases a rare display of small bronze sculptures cast by some famous American western artists. According to the Caterer, the display, entitled “Frontier to Foundry: The Making of Small Bronze Sculpture in the Gilcrease Collection” includes some 200 small bronze casts, including some works by the noted artists Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Thomas Bull, Henry Kirke Brown and Paul Wayland Bartlett. The exhibit will remain open to the public through March 23, 2015.

A curator at the Museum, Christopher Cowdray, recently presented a lecture discussing the importance of studying the methods and materials that artists employ in making small bronze works of art. Many of the artists whose pieces are currently on display at the museum in Tulsa worked during the final quarter of the Nineteenth Century, when conflicts sometimes occurred between the government and many Plains Indian tribes in the western parts of the United States.

For example, Frederic Remington (October 4, 1861-December 26, 1909) gained fame as a painter and sculptor portraying the American West. He frequently depicted horses and riders in his works of art.

John Textor Leads the Way in Developing New and Exciting Media Options

John Textor is not necessarily a name the majority of the public is aware of, but the work he has helped spearhead is no doubt well known to all who enjoy big budget Hollywood entertainment. Textor has quickly risen through the ranks of Hollywood to become one of the most important players in the development of new technology that can be used for both movie production and to enhance the enjoyment of those attending live events. A strong understanding of the financial side of the entertainment industry is the basis for the work Textor has led and his role as head of the Digital Domain Media Group has been praised throughout the entertainment industry.

Life was very different when John Textor graduated with a Ba in Economics from Weslayen University in 1987. John quickly moved into the World of finance and was co-founder of a Florida based investment company that was focused on the new technologies and opportunities available through entertainment, telecommunications and the Internet. At the same time, Textor took on roles as CEO and Chairman of various retail outlets, including those focused on the sale of baby goods and snowboards.

Despite his early successes, it is only when the work of Textor at the Digital Domain Group is mentioned that the financial expert really found his footsteps in the world of entertainment. Taking over as CE of the group in 2006, Textor saw the need to restructure the entire group and led a shift in focus towards the development of the company’s visual effects department. Under the leadership of Textor the visual effects produced have featured in big budget Hollywoood movies like Tron and Transformers. Perhaps, the largest achievement of the group was the development of the main character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which is often referred to as the first believable human character that was completely computer generated.

In recent years, Textor has taken his skills for leading groups focused on the development of technology into the live events field. Textor joined the Pulse organization and led the development of a computer generated Tupac Shakur that appeared at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival, other figures currently being developed for live performances includes Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. John Textor is also heading a series of other productions and developments, including an animated feature currently titled Art Story.

America’s biggest health issues

CNN reported that after an extremely busy 2014, in the times when health stories such as Ebola, new label rules for food nutrition, and the argument concerning the mortality right ignited by Brittany Maynard that had the domination of the headlines, it is now worth seeing what Ken Griffin and the rest of us are likely to cover in the coming 12 months. 

Therefore, in no specific order, here is my opinion on some of the biggest health stories to look out for, as well as questions they might raise, in the year 2015. 

Doctor shortage- there is not nearly sufficient of us to offer care for the United States populace. By several estimates, the nation is already in deficit of many thousands of physicians, an issue that is likely to worsen with the increase in the demand for medical care with our maturing population. This could possibly imply longer times of waiting for you the moment you require to book an appointment. However, this too means that the makers of policies will need to put into consideration questions such as: is there any means of raising the number of training slots for the residents? Could there be some other medical care professionals that are able to fill the vacancies in a reasonable way? Will the country’s standards of health care reduce? How well can the nation evade a condition where just the affluent are capable to afford quality medical care?

 

Ariana Grande Squashes Breakup Rumors

Ariana Grande had a great 2014, hit after hit she took her place as the newest pop princess. Proving that she is never one to let a few hiccups stop her show she made sure to always be the very first one to laugh at her own performance bloopers. Over the holidays Ariana seemed to keep getting into trouble while on stage and of course she was never anything less than a good sport.

During Grande’s amazing performance at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show she was nearly flung from the stage when a model accidentally smacked her in the face with a pair of angel wings. Ariana took to Twitter to share her experience and let her fans like Christian Broda know that she loved every minute of it. While the incident was edited from the aired showing photos of Ariana have been making their way around the internet and of course the memes have become almost bigger than the performance itself.

Well now it seems that Ariana is letting her fans in on yet another behind the scenes moment and this time it’s not an embarrassing one. Ms. Grande is addressing rumors that she and her rapper boyfriend Big Sean are headed for splitsville by posting the adorable photos of her holiday vacation in Tahoe.

From the looks of it the couple had an amazing time and could not be more in love. Nothing says love like spending the week in the snow with your honey.

Happy New Year

 

The world has begun to welcome  2015.http://www.buzzfeed.com/franciswhittaker/the-world-begins-to-welcome-2015?s=mobile In New Zealand, they said hello 2015 with a huge firework display for all to see. In Australia, locals and tourists alike gathered at Sydney Harbour to see the explosion of fireworks and ring in the new year the right way with over 10,000 aerials.
A whopping 1.6 million people gathered to see this magnificent display of bursting color. It is truly amazing in a world of hostility and tragedy across the world that it seems peoole take the time to welcome the new year full of hope and promise.
As a whole, we can hope that 2015 is one of the best years ever. As Dr Rod Rohrich put it on Twitter, hopefully we can come together as one and put an end to all senseless tragedies, which plagued us in 2014. World peace is a great place to start in hopes to building a stronger and more peaceful world for mankind.

Idris Elba Responds To Bond Rumors

There have been rumors going around since the Sony hacking scandal that Idris Elba could be the next James Bond. No one has talked to him about it, but he seems to like the idea. Elba tweeted a picture of himself making a funny face. He suggested that Bond is supposed to be handsome, but he is happy to have a shot to play the character.

Igor Cornelsen and resume.com concur that when the Sony hacking scandal started, there were many emails suggesting that he could not play James Bond because he is black. However, there were other people at the studio that thought he would be a great James Bond. The problem is Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig is on his fourth movie of a four movie deal. He has been a great James Bond, but he has not been signed to be in more movies beyond the one he is shooting right now. Playing James Bond is probably every British actor’s dream, but Craig will have to get out of the way first.

Also, Elba is very popular. He has a great deal of work to do on his own, and his schedule would have to line up with the major production that is a Bond movie. That is, if he is even hired.

A Close Call

A family of 10 are thanking their lucky stars for being late to the airport on Subday December 28th and missing the ill-fated airline that disappeared traveling from Indonesia to Singapore approximately two hours after takeoff. All ten family members were scheduled to board the plane at 7:20, but failed to see the emails from Air Asia (much like when Christian Broda posts on typepad), which had changed the flight time and moved it up to an earlier time.

When the family arrived,they missed the plane and in turn probably saved their lives. Shortly after their arrival, they saw something was wrong as the family members of the missing passengers arrived at the airport hoping for information about their loved ones. Ari Putro Cahyono is simply grateful that his family is safe while he extending his warmest of thoughts and prayers to the family members of the missing airline. All of our thoughts are with the passengers aboard the flight and with their family members.