Anybody that watched the Superbowl or visited YouTube last week would’ve seen multiple advertisements for “Harley Quinn’s: Birds of Prey”. This film is connected with the DC Extended Universe, which has changed numerous times in the last few years. Warner Brother Studios has struggled to locate the tone of their universe, unlike Marvel. One of the highest-rated films in their universe is the Suicide Squad, which leaned towards a darkly comedic tinge. Birds of Prey marks the 1st sequel since the Suicide Squad was released four years ago.
This time around, Harley Quinn is entirely a different woman, not dating the Joker anymore and experiencing her adventure. Harley Quinn takes on multiple roles in this film, acting as the narrator and main protagonist. It should be noted that various characters are implemented in this storyline and focus on the female mindset. The DC Universe is the 1st to provide a film that centres entirely around female warriors, with that being Wonder Woman. Her sequel is slated to release late this Summer.
The Film, Tonnage & Backlash
The film starts with Harley Quinn searching for the Bettinelli Diamond, which the famed heroine looks to steal for Roman Sionis. Named by criminal organizations as Black Mask, his protection is needed to avoid any future clashes with the Joker after their breakup. These events have Harley come in contact with Renee Montoya, Black Canary and the Huntress. These four woman meetup with an infamous pickpocket, Cassandra Cain, who inevitably becomes a variation of Catwoman.
After determining that Black Mask will use the Bettinelli Diamond to murder millions, this group of heroines combat the associated gang members of Black Mask. There’s a distinct tone of liberation against dominating men, with these woman breaking loose from abusive boyfriends and psychotic employers. All of this is accomplished without the requirement of male heroes like the Batman, Flash or Superman. Female supporters of Birds of Prey have expressed that this film makes them feel supported and accepted.
The backlash has faced Birds of Prey and the DC Universe, with film analysts and male supporters saying that this franchise has abandoned their core audience. Reports from survey firms indicate that 80% of viewers supporting the superhero genre are male. Warner Brothers are limiting potential profits by a possible 80%. Subsequently, Birds of Prey amassed $53 million on their opening weekend. This is minimal in comparison to the same valuations earned by Man of Steel, which stood at $113 Million. It should be noted that Batman vs Superman earned $170 million on their box office.
Mean Girls, the movie, was a major success story when in 2004 it hit theatres. The result saw it generate in excess of $100 million in revenue for Lorne Michaels Production. The movie follows the life of Cady Heron, a teenage girl raised in the African savanna who has returned to America. In the movie, the teen struggled to get along with Regina George, a popular girl at the school they attend and with those that follow her, who indecently are called “The Plastics”. Many of the cast went on to gain fame as a result of the movie including stars Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams.
The movie, which was remade as a musical was written by Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame and is music was composed by Jeff Richmond. It hit the stages of Broadway in 2018 and while it included minor adaptions from the original story such as the inclusion of social media, it also added in a feminist and removed the dance scene to Jingle Bell Rock. However, it did include musical tracks that convey its perspective of humour, which in this case, is darkly satirical. With the success of the original film and its adoption to the theatre, Nell Benjamin, Jeff Richmond and Tina Fey are working on a script to adapt the play into a movie. It is expected that Lorne Michaels will once again produce the movie and that Paramount Pictures will distribute it.
Tina Fey, on speaking about its return to the big screen said “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey said in a statement. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
While Mean Girls: The Musical is expected to add in new elements such as new relationships and characters. However, Tina Fey is keeping mum on the subject and not providing much information on any changes and what they might be.
Additional Music Movies set for Release in 2020
Lin Manuel Miranda’s At The Heights, a Broadway play that achieved great success, is set to hit theatres with a movie adaption of the story in June 2020. Based on tis trailers that have been viewed by audiences, the movie is getting favourable responses and considering the recent disasters of Cats, this is good news for its stars, producers and production studios.
Millions are spent worldwide at box offices whenever a significant film is released to the public. The most recent film to earn substantial sums of money is Frozen 2, the new animated feature from Disney Studios. During its opening weekend in the box office, the film acquired more than $358 million across 37 Nations. Those include the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Europe.
The story in the second chapter in the Frozen franchise is based around Elsa developing her powers as a princess, while Anna and her gang of misfits travel the kingdom in search for their queen. This simple premise was enough to get moviegoers out to cinemas, so much so that Toy Story 4 was dethroned as the highest-earning animated film for an opening box office weekend. TS4 earned $241 million worldwide on their opening weekend, which is $117 million less than Frozen 2.
Frozen 2 also earned more than its predecessor on its opening week. The original Frozen earned $110.6 million in 2013 on its opening week. However, the film quickly gained popularity and would go on to make $1.27 billion worldwide. It’ll be a significant accomplishment if the sequel can earn more than its predecessor after its left theatres in a month.
Film Merchandise & Details
The United States saw the most significant profits made on opening weekend, with the film earning $130 million. This defeats all previous animated films that opened in November, which includes titles like the Grinch and the Incredibles. The United Kingdom came out in folds to engage with this new film, spending £15 million, which is substantial for a country that’s infamous for not spending large sums of money on movies due to low population. Subsequently, Frozen 2 has earned the title of highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s unlikely that record will be defeated anytime soon.
Since the film released less than two weeks ago, toy manufacturers have actively been releasing new merchandise relating to Frozen 2. This includes everything from castle playsets, to figurines based around the characters. It’s anticipated that upwards of a billion dollars will be spent worldwide on Frozen 2 merchandise during the holiday season. It’s expected that there won’t be any shortage of product this time around, which was a significant issue with the release of the original Frozen. Walt Disney Studios has partnered with multiple manufacturers to account for the considerable demand.
One of the most beloved film franchises is returning after almost ten years. Last time we saw this franchise, it was in CGI and bombed dramatically in box officers. Can you guess? It’s Scooby-Doo. The world’s favourite detective dog is back up to his silly ways in his cinematic return. The trailer, which recently dropped, shows a younger version of Scooby and Shaggy and instead of it being live, the CGI is animated for younger audiences in a 3D Cartoon Format. Our regular group of mystery solvers have returned with Velma, Freddy, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo ready for another adventure while otable voice actors Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron and Frank Welker have all signed on for this instalment,
The premise of this new film, which is called “Scoob!” is the story of how two lifelong friends met. The lifelong friendship of Scooby and Shaggy has been seen for decades, but this will be the first time that audiences get to see how the two met and became detectives with the gang. The film’s plot also noted that fans will see the characters as adults, after they’ve solved countless cases and when they face their biggest threat ever. Subsequently, this film looks like it will be a hit amongst children and their parents alike. It won’t be long until audiences get to see the Mystery Solving Gang face off against Ghosts once again.
Multiple other actors have signed on to play roles in this film. The characters they’re taking on are new for the series. Fans of Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan or Mark Wahlberg can hear their voices in the upcoming animated film. The director of Scoob is Tony Cerone, who previously worked on films like Space Jam and Annie Animated. Fans can witness this film in theatres on May 15th, 2020.
The History of Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo first became a household name across American Televisions in 1969, with countless iterations of the show since. The brand’s history includes TV Movies, Direct to Video Films, Theatrical Releases, Animated Shows, Comic Books and Video Games. It’s been ranked as the fifth-greatest cartoon in history. The latest animated show to be released for the brand is “Scooby-Doo, Guess Who?”.
The popularity of this brand has become worldwide, with the show winning multiple Emmy’s and becoming a significant part of North American Pop Culture. There are hundreds of recreations for the Mystery Machine, which can often be seen at Comic-Cons or other pop culture events. Countless individuals have gotten tattoos of the characters, read their books or comics as children, played the family-friendly games or had a family pet named after one of the characters. It will be interesting to see if Scooby-Doo has the same effects on the young in its sixth decade as a brand.
Whether you are some of the few making movies or part of the masses loving to watch them, videos play a vital role in our lives and form part of our development as people. It entertains us and even sometimes contribute in ways we don’t even recognize. The kind of movies we lean-to is a very personal choice, yet there are some similarities in these own choices when we take countries as a form of collective. Hence here are some interesting facts about what genres are preferred as the popular choice in many countries in the world.
The Brazilian market is infatuated with Hollywood action. Yet it seems that Hollywood isn’t always producing enough effect for them and they contribute significantly to their action entertainment. The title that keeps the record as the most-watched is a domestic production by Zazen Produções titled Elite Squad 2.
When moving on to Argentina, you will find a much more relaxed environment when movies are watched, and they strongly favour the comical side of life. They also lean specifically more towards family-friendly comedy and both Ice Age movies as well as the 2015 release of Minions kept them entertained for a while.
Based on more than a decade’s box office statistics, these three nations favour the lighter side of life too, with comedy ranking as the highest income generator. This is, however, followed in hot pursuit with only a small lead, by adventure movies.
When the top 10 highest income generators in Japan are taken into consideration, it becomes very evident towards which genre they lean. In the top 10, you will find the 2013 release, Frozen as well as two of Harry Potter’s adventures. The remaining seven are all creations of Hayao Miyazaki. His Studio Ghibli is known for their anime fantasy movies which are by far the favourite in this eastern country.
Many titles appear at the top on the list of high grossing films. These titles include Deadpool, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warcraft, The Revenant and Captain America: Civil War. All of these lean towards either action or adventure.
The Indian movie scene is a unique market in their own right. For years Bollywood has had success in producing dramas and romance, yet they are also lately showing much higher support for comical relief.
Avatar and Titanic are still ranked as the two movies which earned themselves the place as highest-grossing films in recent years in Italy. Yet lately many more comedy films are showing an incline in interest, and it seems that the two leading movies are mere exceptions and comedy seems to be the nation’s choice. France too is more consumed by comedy than any other productions, with locally produced Camping 3 and Les Tuche 2 being at the top.
A silver screen is an exciting place with a vibrant collage of heroes and villains, legends and of course a good dollop of gamblers too. These are the ones who keep our imagination running wild and leave us with a deep desire to be just like them. So who are some of the greatest gambling wizards of the times?
Most readers will probably recognize James Caan as the well-known former Special Forces casino boss, Ed Deline, from the hit series Las Vegas. This was, however, not the first time that Caan was portraying a role in the gambling industry, and it was most likely also not his most significant role either. He was first seen in the position of an English professor with a severe gambling addiction called Axel Freed. His habits spun entirely out of control, and regardless of all his efforts to try and control it, he just got deeper into trouble. One of his lowest points occurred when he fixed a fight to solve his financial concerns. In the end, his character goes through an amazing transformation when he finally faces the man he has become.
He has a very complicated relationship with his dad and the ladies, but Huck Cheever is also a young poker player and a brilliant cheater. During the run of the movie, viewers get pulled in as he is gambling with money and life. He desires a healthy life and finds himself in desperate need of $10 000 to be able to get buy-in into a great tournament. As the movie progresses, Cheever goes through significant personal development and discovers the real importance of life.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Mary’s husband is a farmhand, but also a recovering gambler. Through some severe gambling misfortune, her husband lost all their money and all of their possessions. Mary is left in a tight spot with no idea what to do about their situation. Her husband suffers some poor health and collapses at the game, but then Mary gets a place at the table and with some borrowed money, win all their money back and some more. Before you fall into the trap of feeling the urge to give Mary a hero’s applause, the movie reveals that Mary and her family are a bunch of con-artists who are busy with a plot of revenge aimed at the fellow gamblers around the table.
Bill Denny is a newbie on the block with a seriously cunning side, and he is quickly learning some needed skills. Charlie Waters is a real and seasoned gambler. During their run on several tournaments, they would operate as a team with Waters analyzing the opponents around the table while Denny will take every single sent they own from them. The story tells the tale of what can happen if you mingle with the wrong crowd. These two taught the world a thing or two about the reality of being seasoned in the world of gambling.
The most popular films made by Hollywood are those based on actual life events. The list of movies that became box office blockbusters includes Escape from Alcatraz, Apocalypse Now, Midnight Express and The Pianist, to name but a few. The same is right about online video slots; the themes range from animals to shopping, monsters to classic children tales. The most popular are the ones players feel they know the characters. The slots that feature their favourite stars or items they are accustomed to.
Music, Movies, Television and Comics
Software providers know that players are more likely to play games they feel familiar with, which is one of the main reasons why branded slots are the most loved slots. These are based on films, bands, television dramas or comic characters. Some of the most popular online slots include Jurassic Park, Batman, Guns N’ Roses, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Gladiator and Kong. You will also instantly recognise games titled South Park, Scarface or Star Trek. The reason is apparent, you already know what it is about, and you can easily relate to the characters.
Online slots based on Marvel or other superheroes include Superman, Thor The Mighty Avenger, Batman, The Flash and Hellboy. The more fun comic-inspired games include Andy Capp, The Mask, Fred Flintstone Top Cat. Music inspired online slots are the ones you never mute the sound; these allow you to enjoy the music you enjoy and sing along as you spin the reels. The long list of music-themed online slots includes Rock ‘n Roller, Disco Spins, La Chatte Rouge and Karaoke Party.
Musical Themed Slots
The massive number of music-related online slots also feature several games inspired by Elvis, titles include Elvis The King Lives and Elvis Slot. Several online slots celebrate the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the titles include Michael the King of Pop.
Hundreds of classic and video slots are based on film stars; these include James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Ozzy Osbourne. Online slots based on films include Terminator 2, Grease, Battles Star Galactica and Dracula. Others include Basic Instinct, Rocky, Bridesmaids, The Godfather and Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Online slots inspired by television series include Pawn Stars, Narcos, The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. Every single month loads of new online slots are added to keep up with the latest trends. Which means you will always have access to more exciting online entertainment.
The word Kakegurui in Japanese means the same as a compulsive gambler in English, and it is the title used for the upcoming film in 2019. The movie in Japanese is an adaption of the popular manga series produced by Homura Kawamoto that is distributed by GAGA pictures and directed by Hayato Kawai. The stars include Mahiro Takasugi as Ryota and Homura Hamabe as Yumeka Jambami. Kakegurui is scheduled for release on the 3rd of May 2019 in Japan.
The Storyline in Kakegurui
The film tells the tale of Jabami Yumeko who becomes the first friend Suzui Ryota makes. The film is based on Suzui’s perspective of Jabami. It follows her encounters with several other students as she tries to control her compulsive gambling behaviour by placing higher stakes. The film is pretty close to the amine series, and the most notable is that the students are hidden from the council president. The look of the school is beautiful from both the outside and the inside. The actor’s performances are sensational as they embrace the absurdity.
Life of a Student in Gambling Debt
The film shows what life would be like for any student in a lot of debt and how they treated by others even during a walk through their school. It focuses on the consequences and extremities of losing regarding high amounts of money placed on gambling. The soundtrack is also a joy to listen to, and the opening song adds energy to what takes place further on. Visually the school is depicted in a way that resembles chaos, which reflects the pure nature of gambling. In the live action, the opening is continuously added to via footage that is to the point, and by the end, the best is collected to ensure exciting watching.
Unique Dialogue Makes Kakegurui Stand Out
A unique way of dialogue has an excellent way of managing the characters and their environment. The quick way to explain something keeps it, and the actor’s faces are amazing to watch. Every single actor portrays their character brilliantly, and Takazugi Mahiro is superb with bringing charisma and personality to the screen. Incredible humour is added at the right time, and several punch lines were added in the smartest way. The timing of the joke is flawless, and the idea that the main character interacts merely is masterful. The exquisite timing of the director and cast is notable and add to the story.
Kakegurui Perfectly Balance Film
Everything is perfectly balanced, and the film can expect to be showered with praise once it starts showing. The amine adaptation enjoyed significant success, and while many are sceptical about the live movie, it is even more enjoyable according to most critics. Most that have seen the film as a preview admit that they prefer the live action adaption. The film comes highly recommended and is expected to attract a vast audience. The acting is anime like, the plot ridiculous and the dialogue interesting. Kakegurui is entertaining and perfect for anyone that loves anime blended with real.
Regardless of your preference in films, whether it is a great casino heist such as Ocean’s Eleven, The Good Thief or Bob Le Flambeur. Even re-watching the best of the casino films such as Casino Royale, Hard Eight or Vegas Vacation is simply better at these miraculous cinemas.
Archipelago Cinema in Thailand
Imagine the ocean in total darkness and you’re floating on a raft, surrounded by towering rocks part of a jungle backdrop. The experience describes is exactly what the incredible Archipelago Cinema in Thailand offers. The most popular films in Thailand is the comedy London Sweeties and Friend Zone. In the horror and action genre, it is Triple Treat, Inhuman Kiss and Triple Threat.
Archipelago Floating Auditorium
The Archipelago Cinema is designed by Ole Scheeren, the German-born now Beijing -based master architect. The cinema was originally created for the Yao Noi Festival and screening the film On the Rocks.
Movie fanatics describes the experience as indescribably beautiful, an architectural masterpiece. The rafts built from recycled materials offer individual seats. Ole Scheeren shared that it seemed the perfect place to watch films, a place somewhere in the middle of incredible space.
The Archipelago represents randomness, temporality, nearly like driftwood. Others feel this architectural wonder is segmental pieces, lightly assembled representing a group of islands gathered to form a breathtakingly amazing auditorium. The cinema in Koh Yao Noi Thailand is also seen as a pop-up cinema with a floating screen that is nestled between two rocks offering a lush jungle tapestry. The Archipelago accommodates 40 moviegoers and will travel the world before returning to Thailand, where it will remain. While outdoor cinemas are not new, the Archipelago is seen as the most unusual and most unique cinema worldwide.
Wong Jing is the Godfather of Chinese Gambling Films
As a director, Wong Jing once said in an interview that he loves films about gambling since most people get completely hypnotized by the casino atmosphere. Jing is a keen punter since the age of 19 when he enjoyed horseracing with his college friends. The writer-director instantly informs anyone willing to listen that he is not a gambler, has no addiction and can stop whenever he wants to. Although he loves watching other gamblers, it’s fascinating and inspired him to make films like God of Gamblers. After the huge success of the film, he made a sequel called God of Gamblers Return.
Gambling Legality in Thailand
Gambling is frowned upon in Buddhism and illegal in Thailand, although the country has many gamblers and gambling dens. It is seen as a social activity and winners are obligated to share winnings with friends. When it comes to Thais spending habits it is estimated that more money is spent on gambling than religion. At the same time, it is also estimated that Thais spend around $10 billion a year on illegal gambling. It is enjoyed fairly open in the country and newspapers list underground casinos according to different parts in town.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is based on a true story and the life of Stuey Ungar, who entered and changed the casino world. Called the superstar of gambling, Suey took a liking into poker and other gambling at an early age. His obsessive gambling habits got him in trouble and also into massive debt with the mob.
The film tells the tale of the man that is known as the most gifted card players ever; he was barely in his teens when he started playing cards. Stu Ungar’s father was a small-time bookmaker as well as a nightclub owner, and he was connected with the mob. He was highly impressed with the abilities of his son, although extremely worried about his reckless instincts when it came to gambling. His worries were with a reason as Stu Ungar lost all his bar mitzvah money in one afternoon at the racetrack. He was the most talented player when it came to cards, but in picking the right horse, less than average.
Stu Ungar In Deep Debt with the Mob by Age 20
Stu Ungar was already in massive debt with the mob by the time he turned 20, plus he owed lots to other loan sharks. He was offered a chance to settle his debts, should he agree to enter the gin rummy card tournament held in Las Vegas. This is where Stu Ungar wins big and at the same time discovers that the lifestyle Las Vegas offers, is what he likes most. In 1980 to 1981 he became a legend and won the World Series Poker Tournament. Stu still remembers his misfortune at the racetrack, and he almost got a new appetite for prostitutes, drugs, high roller betting and placing bets at the horseraces. Only when Stu hit rock bottom, he finally decides to return, basically from nowhere, yet he manages to win the World Series Poker Tournament for the third time. This 1996 victory celebration is short as he returns to his addiction, drugs and merely hectic lifestyle.
In 1982 Ungar Married Madeline Wheeler
Ungar married Madeline Wheeler in 1982, and she gave birth to Stefanie in the same year. Madeline also had a son, Richard, who Ungar adopted, in 1989 he committed suicide. Ungar had a reputation as both a brilliant poker player and a gin drinker. He merely destroyed all opponents and won most tournaments. Many casinos requested him to not play at their establishments as no one entered most competitions. The reason, the fear that the participants might run into the unbeatable Ungar. Most believe Ungar was born a talented poker player and if he could control his substance abuse and drink, he might have still been able to scare off players in the Las Vegas Casinos.