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The final piece to the Human Centipede trilogy (sure…there will only be three) is getting its theatrically release on May 22 through IFC Midnight.
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
100% politically incorrect
Bully prison warden Bill Boss (The Human Centipede Part I’s Dieter Laser) has a lot of problems; prison riots, medical costs, staff turnover, but foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (The Human Centipede Part II’s Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime.
DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Midnight
DIRECTED BY: Tom Six
WRITTEN BY: Tom Six
PRODUCER BY: Ilona Six and Tom Six
CAST: Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Eric Roberts and Bree Olson.
TRT: An hour and 42 minutes
Josh Trank will no longer direct the “Star Wars” spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm.
The studio made the announcement with Trank on Friday.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh,” Lucasfilm said in a statement. “We are grateful for the energy and love of ‘Star Wars’ that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
Sources close to the situation tell Variety that Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg weren’t thrilled with the idea of working together again. The duo apparently clashed while filming 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, which opens later this summer, and Kinberg wanted another director.
Also a writer of Fox’s “X-Men” films, Kinberg is a major force in Disney’s “Star Wars” universe. He recently served as a creative consultant on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bows in December, and continues to help shape the cherished fantasy series.
Trank’s exit on Friday wasn’t a total shock. Less than two weeks ago, the “Chronicle” director was a no-show to Disney’s Star Wars Celebration at the last minute, prompting internet speculation that something was afoot. The 30 year-old quickly apologized on Twitter, telling fans that he was sick with the flu.
“Hey all. So, so, so sad to have missed today. Worst flu of my life,” he wrote.
Disney later backed his claim, saying Trank notified the studio the morning-of the event about his illness. They also insisted he was still attached to the movie. Other rumors suggested that Disney told him to skip the event.
The untitled “Star Wars” movie won’t be released until 2019, according to sources. It’s one of two standalone pics Disney and Lucasfilm are developing. Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One,” starring Felicity Jones, opens next year.
Another oddity from the Star Wars Celebration on April 19 event came when 20th Century Fox released the “Fantastic Four” trailer during the Trank and Gareth Edwards’ scheduled panel, leaving industry observers scratching their heads: Why would a major studio film drop a high-profile trailer on Sunday morning? Were they trying to send a message?
Fox, of course, used to distribute the “Star Wars” films before Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012.
News of Trank’s exit was announced the same day that Disney released its biggest film of the year, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
In a statement posted on the “Star Wars” official site, Trank said: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the ‘Star Wars’ universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow ‘Star Wars’ fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”
As for Trank’s next move, a rep for 20th Century Fox told Variety that no director or writer has been set for the “Fantastic Four” sequel. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, the new “Fantastic Four” will be released Aug. 7.
A spokesman for Trank could not be reached for comment.
The Honda Center will be packed with a web-full of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man characters, one of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, as the call to action has been sent out to all Southland/Orange County Marvel fans to gather on Thursday March 26 to celebrate the much-anticipated Southern California Opening Night Premiere for the all-new action stunt spectacular Marvel Universe LIVE!
Each person participating in the event that arrives dressed in full official head-to-toe Spider-Man costume will receive one complimentary ticket to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Honda Center/Anaheim. (**limited to the first 250 people in attendance in costume)
The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.
“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”
“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.
The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:
“The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”
Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.
The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.
This monumental undertaking – the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history – will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.
From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.
Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment – Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri – to create intriguing rides and attractions.
“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”
The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50th anniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats. A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.
Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English, and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.
The action, however, is only getting started.
This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.
This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series – Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw) – in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.” “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.
Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.
Universal’s slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a “Nighttime Studio Tour,” designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.
Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night. Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein. The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4th through Labor Day.
The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” in 2016.
Got that belly bulge? What is the years of partying? Did you just have a kid? Download the Kiqplan and use it with your FitBug and your smartphone can help you lose weight.
We previewed the Kiqplan at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. This report is from the Season 3 Episode 6 broadcast.
Immerse yourself in the world of Marvel Comics by joining the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. and helping the Avengers take down an ominous threat. The experience is going on from now until February 22 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. This three-acre experience is comprised of 7 tents featuring an interactive training room and two large screen motion experiences.
For our radio report, click here.
On Season 3, Episode 4 of Secret City Geek Lab, we spoke with Bob Kulhan, CEO of Business Improvisations (businessimprov.com). Bob discussed how the principles of teamwork and creativity in the world of improvisational comedy can be used in the corporate business setting.
Over the past 15 years, Business Improvisations has gone on to create corporate training programs and executive education programs for several top business schools in the US and abroad. In addition, Business Improvisations specialize in creating leadership development programs and customized experiential learning programs for corporations, including many Fortune 500 companies. Based in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, we work with organizations nationwide and worldwide.
Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as an Adjunct Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations. For almost 20 years Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally. His teaching and performing credits include Chicago’s famed Second City (core faculty & master artist in residence), Improv Olympic (resident company/faculty), Columbia College, London TheaterSports, and all over the world.
The fourth annual Off Center Festival runs January 21 – 31, 2015 and features ten exciting artists and companies performing at the Center for the first time. In addition to Nick Waterhouse, Jungle Fire, and Orgone, this year’s festival includes the West Coast premieres of Mehr Theatre Group’s Timeloss and Spain’s Agrupación Señor Serrano’s Brickman Brando Bubble Boom. Making Southern California debuts are Marga Gomez performing Lovebirds and Amy O’Neal in her Opposing Forces. Additional Center debuts include Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, Roger Guenveur Smith in Rodney King and Kristina Wong in a preview of her newest show, The Wong Street Journal. The Center’s Off Center Lounge in Leatherby’s Café Rouge will again be open and offering a late-night menu and music.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts has expanded its 2015 Off Center Festival to include two Parties-on-the-Plaza (POP) Saturday, January 24 and Friday, January 30. The first POP will feature Orange County rocker Nick Waterhouse. On January 30, the party continues with the cumbia, afrobeat, trad funk fusion of Jungle Fire and the cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afrodisco (with a raw rock star edge!) of Orgone.
In addition to the music and the theatre, culinary adventure will be provided by some of Orange County’s premiere food truck companies on January 24 and 30. Waff ‘N Roll, Mustache Mike’s, Frijolito’s Mobile Coffee Shop and India Jones Chow Truck for the January 24 Party-on-the-Plaza and Adobo Express, The Burnt Truck, Bakery Truck and Hobo Co Pizza on January 30. Other trucks and cuisines will be added. Leatherby’s Café Rouge in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will offer a special post-performance, low-price menu January 21, 23, 24, 30 and 31. Following performances, audiences and actors will have the opportunity to mix, mingle, socialize and enjoy a number of casual dining offerings created just for the Off Center Festival.
The January 24 and 30 Parties-on-the Plaza are FREE. All other tickets are $25, except for Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which are $25, $35 and $45. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. There will also be $10 Student Rush tickets available based on availability one hour prior to each performance; two tickets per performance with valid student identification. Some performances are suggested for mature audiences only.