A Miracle in Spanish Harlem


Hey all!

It’s that time of the season, Christmas trees, presents, snow, hot Cocoa and of course a great holiday movie with the family to warm the heart and enrich the soul. Speaking of which, I cordially invite everyone to go check out my cousin Derek Partridge’s new movie (A Miracle in Spanish Harlem) opening this weekend in a number of theaters across the country.
My sister Samantha also worked on costumes and I’m so proud of both 😉

Beautiful and alone, Eve (Telenovela superstar Kate del Castillo) feels a spark of romantic interest when she meets Tito, a widower struggling with the loss of a wife, the loss of hope and the loss of his faith. Tito is consumed by the pressures of caring for his children and trying to keep a failing business above water. His growing bitterness overshadows the best parts of his character and drives him to actions that will only add disgrace to his woes. Without a friend left on earth, nothing short of a miracle can relieve Tito’s crushing and solitary burdens. However, miracles have been known to happen…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Blockbuster U.S. leaves physical retail, 2800 jobs lost


300 stores and remaining distribution centres to close by January 2014

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The Dish Network will close all remaining Blockbuster retail stores and distribution centres in the U.S., resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs.

Dish will call time on its Blockbuster retail business in January, 2014, with the DVD-by-mail service scheduled to close one month before. In total, around 2800 jobs will be lost in the process.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” said Dish CEO Joseph P. Clayton. “Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”

Dish acquired Blockbuster for $320 million at auction after it filed for bankruptcy in September, 2010. Since then, the business has continued to struggle, trimming or selling assets both in the U.S. and abroad.

Blockbuster will continue to trade through its digital-only services, Blockbuster @Home and Blockbuster On Demand.

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Video game hijacks entertainment industry


The popular Grand Theft Auto video game series has earned more than Avatar and Titanic- the two highest-grossing films of all time- combined.

A new title will soon top the list of most profitable entertainment franchises, and it never earned a single dollar at the box office. Grand Theft Auto, the immensely popular video game series, has already earned more than Avatar and Titanic– the two highest-grossing films of all time- combined.

Only the Harry Potter franchise, which grossed $7.7 billion, has earned more than the game that recently released its fifth installment in a series whose earnings already total more than $5.45 billion, according to Newsweek.

As the Potter series reached its conclusion in print and on screen, Grand Theft Auto will soon exceed the boy wizard series earnings. The controversial crime video game, in which players must steal cars and evade police, earned $800 million on the first day of its mid-September “GTA5” release alone. By day three it had already reached $1 billion in sales.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board assigned the game a “Mature” rating for “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.”

The New York-based company that owns the franchise, Take-Two Interactive, reported in November of 2012 that its first four installments of the game combined to sell 125 million copies. This year’s game has sold 17,250,000 copies in its first month on the market, grossing $1.54 billion.

Avatar, by comparison, earned a total of $2.8 billion worldwide, while Titanic raked in $2.2 billion. The third-most profitable movie ever, The Avengers, made $1.5 billion. Earnings for the entire Lord of the Rings series totaled $2.9 billion.

Grand Theft Auto V was released five years after its predecessor, and game stores opened their doors for a midnight release to fans eagerly awaiting the latest installment. Take Two’s stock took a hit last winter when its subsidiary, Rockstar Games, announced the game’s original release date would be delayed, but the anticipation seems to have helped GTA’s unprecedented sales.

 

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Big Stars Rumored For the Warcraft Movie


Rumors have it that Atlas Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have offered Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) roles in the upcoming movie based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft game. The film doesn’t have a studio as of yet, although it looks as if Universal Pictures will take the job. Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon) will be the director.

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 According to Deadline, Farrell and Patton are not a done deal, as it looks to be 50/50 with Farrell at this point and negotiations are still ongoing with Patton. Jones is also said to be interviewing other actors for major parts at this time. Filming is expected to begin in January of next year.

Who would you like to see star in the Warcraft movie? Are Farrell and Patton good choices?

 

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J.J. Abrams: ‘Star Trek’ Video Game: “A Big Disappointment To Me”


Fanboy gamers often complain that studio meddling somehow ruined a video game tied to a major movie release. It’s less common to hear an A-list filmmaker blame developers for messing with his movie. Star Trek Into Darkness is the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2013, but its director seems to think it could have done better — if it hadn’t been for that pesky video game. J.J. Abrams said in an interview with GamerHub this week that Star Trek: The Game — which generated terrible reviews and crummy sales — “was obviously a big disappointment to me. We were actually involved from the very beginning, and then we sort of realized that it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted. So we dropped out, and they continued to do it despite … y’know.”

 

Yahoo Games says developer Digital Extremes has pointed fingers at Paramount, claiming the studio’s heavy involvement was a burden, but Abrams the developer — and even thinks the glitchy game might have hurt Star Trek Into Darkness at the box office. “For me, emotionally, it hurt because we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got — this isn’t even my opinion — it got universally panned,” he said. “And I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.” Agree with Abrams or not, he certainly wouldn’t be able to blame any Star Wars shortcomings on a video game.