Not only can he render scenes of a digitally produced likeness of Michael Jackson, John Textor has also done this for Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. His company, Pulse Evolution, has worked with all three celebrities’ estates to produce believable likenesses and animation sequences of these celebrities. In the emerging realm of digital human simulations as augments to reality and also inserted into virtual reality environments, Pulse Evolution has been a pioneering company.
Pulse Evolution disclosed their second quarter results for the quarter’s end of December 31, 2014, on August 24th of this year. The company also revealed they plan to be officially counted on a national stock exchange to become fully transparent in their reporting. This move is funded by a $5 million investment from Strategic Partners into Pulse’s virtual reality, augmented reality, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs. Pulse Evolution is the company that created and developed hyper-realistic digital humans, able to perform live actions at various entertainment venues.
“We are extremely pleased with the business and technology outcomes of our early development stages. We have quickly established ourselves as the early market leader in the creation of hyper-realistic digital humans for diverse applications. Our heavy investment from a committed group of strategic investors has positioned our company to be a leading developer of exciting new forms of entertainment and a pioneer in the powerfully emerging industries of virtual reality and artificial intelligence,” said John Textor, the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution.
Pulse.co said that expounding on his company’s announcement of intending to become listed on a national stock exchange, John Textor said, “Our company was initially listed on OTC Markets to provide a linked security for our European Depository Receipts, which were listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in early 2014, helping us to raise more than $15 million through institutional investors to fund our launch phase. We now feel that our leading role in the advancing uses of digital humans, combined with significant interest from both financial and strategic partners, suggests strongly that we should move to fully reporting status and be recognized on a national exchange. We look forward to this next stage of our development as a company.”
And then came Deathstroke.
Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson, the brutal anti-hero/real villain of D.C. Comics is confirmed for Suicide Squad. The decision to put Deathstroke in the film is brilliant. For one, the very powerful mercenary is a cunning, mean, cruel gun for hire who also has a code of honor. In the comics, he has alternated between villain, hero, and a vicious villain who simply has been unleashed on villains worse than he is.
Deathstroke is the perfect choice for a “bad guy” in an ensemble film comprised of villains. He is going to be ruthless enough to present a real threat to the villains and, at the same time, be distant enough to the audience that no one will root for him. Hence, the emotional attachments of the audience are on the main protagonist villains.
Only a short time ago, fans were confused over the presence of a “C list” villain from the comics playing a major role in the film. The inclusion of Deathstroke brings a solid “A list” character to face off against the villains. Fans like Dan Newlin know that, of course, we are sure to see Deathstroke battle it out against the heroes of the D.C. Cinematic Universe in the future.
Could a Deathstroke solo film be in the future film cards? Surely, someone is planning that in some capacity at the Warner Bros. offices. A great cinematic debut of Slade Wilson just might mean Deathstroke gets to tell his own anti-heroic tale on the big screen.
There are many big names in Hollywood, and the most notable or recognized individuals are those who appear on the screen. However, long before those actors and actresses show up for filming, a great deal of behind the scenes work takes place to bring quality projects to light. The behind-the-scenes effort continues on through production and post-production phases, and it is the work of top film executives that ultimately results in the creation of some of the best movies ever made. Tom Rothman is a top film executive who is recognized by industry insiders for his significant accomplishments and amazing work, but he may not be a household name that everyone is familiar with. Despite that, this highly talented move industry professional has announced his plans to create more hits for TriStar Productions.
Rothman’s Previous Efforts
Rothman has worked at various film studios over the years. He was a founder of Fox Searchlight, and he also has worked with Columbia Pictures, Worldwide Productions, Twentieth Century Fox and others. During his time at these studios, he proved his ability to create great profits for the studios by playing a key role in making blockbusters like Titanic, Slumdog Millionaire, Candy Mountain, Life of Pi, Cast Away and others. Some of these have won Best Picture at the Oscars as well as numerous other awards, and others have been honored at the famous Sundance Film Festival. These are acclaimed movies, and they also have generated great profits for the studios.
TriStar Productions has been struggling recently to create great profits, and Rothman has recently announced his intention to continue to produce hits for this new joint venture with Sony. Rothman has only recently joined TriStar Productions, so he has not yet had enough time to prove his continued ability to be instrumental in the production of blockbuster or critically acclaimed hits. However, he has stated that he has also made a profit for the companies he has worked for, and he has every intention of continuing to do so now. In fact, he has stated that he intends to produce as many as four movies per year under TriStar Productions, and he is focused on generating great results for the studio and its shareholders. There is little news on what his upcoming projects may entail, other than a 2015 project with Robert Zemeckis. However, with hits such as Titanic and Slumdog Millionaire on his resume, to name just a few, he certainly has the skills, experience and ability to generate great things for the studio.
While Tom Rothman may not be a big Hollywood name that is mentioned at dinner parties across the country, he nonetheless is a key player in the movie industry. He is known for being able to create amazing films, and many people are familiar with his work even if they do not know his name specifically. This is good news for Tristar Productions and Sony because the studio is in need of a few blockbusters to begin generating a better profit for the company.
Big screen movies coming up in 2016 are beginning to be hotly anticipated, especially after Marvel released their latest batch of upcoming releases of superhero movies.
One of the hottest anticipated movies is the adaptation of “Suicide Squad” from DC Comics. The participation of Joker – Batman’s Clown Prince, and the person who will embrace this role is being talked about.
The last sight of Batman’s Joker was on The Dark Knight movie shown 2008. It was acted by Heath Ledger and made him win an Oscar Award, but shortly after completing the film he died.
Now the crazy-dangerous clown is back as part of the Suicide Squad – a group of supervillains hired by the US government to do dangerous missions in exchange for freedom from prison.
The Joker’s role is quite challenging and the person to take this role is not yet final. Early reports have announced that Ryan Gosling declined the role of Joker in the upcoming 2016 movie.
It was then the Jared Leto, an Oscar awardee for supporting actor on last year’s hit Dallas Buyer’s Club, is rumoured to be on the top of the list. DC comics and Warner Bros though has not confirmed any of this.
Other celebrities whispered to compose the squad are Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Ryan Gosling. According to Indiewire, David Ayer wrote the movie and Tom Rothman is producing.
To the average onlooker Bill Murray’s life seems to be a magical mystery tour of parties, bon mots, and golf. A closer look, however, reveals the one thing that he hasn’t got in his treasure trove is someone to share it all with. Bill Murray hasn’t got a girlfriend.
My friend Igor Cornelsen told me about when Murray was on Howard Stern. Being the lulu that Stern is, he delved into Murray’s psyche, hoping to find an answer to his recent perpetual stag status. Murray had some interesting things to say on that subject. When asked if he is lonely, Murray replied that he didn’t think he was lonely, but that he thought “There’s a lot that I am not doing that I need to do,”. Pressed on this point, he elaborated. “Just something like working on yourself or self-development or something… becoming more connected to myself. I don’t have a problem connecting with people. My issue is connecting with myself.”
Murray went on to say that “We’re kinda really ugly if we look really hard. We’re not who we think we are. We’re not as wonderful as we think we are. It’s a little bit of a shock… it’s hard.”
He summed it up by saying that at 64 he still hasn’t found the love of his life. He concluded, “I can’t take care of another relationship if I can’t take care of the things I really need to take care of the most.”
Heavy words from a funny man.