Tom Rothman: Living the Dream

From humble beginnings as an English teacher who coached soccer and lacrosse, Tom Rothman has risen to heights few people can ever imagine. Living a life most people dream of having, Tom has taken his passion for life and turned it into one of the most successful entertainment careers in recent memory. Currently at the helm of TriStar Productions, Tom has used his skills as an entertainment executive to help create many of the most popular and highest earning movies and television series of all-time.

The list of movies Tom has helped move from idea to reality reads like a Who’s Who list of the greatest movies to hit the silver screen. Black Swan, Cast Away, Walk the Line, X-Men, Little Miss Sunshine and The Devil Wears Prada are just a few of the many hits with which Tom has been associated. Under Tom’s guidance, the many films he has been linked to have been nominated for more than 150 Academy Awards and grossed over $40 billion worldwide, with the two top-grossing movies of all-time Titanic and Avatar among them. His work has even earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Happily married for the past quarter-century to the versatile actress Jessica Harper, Tom has put his fame and fortune to good use through his association with numerous philanthropic causes. Interested in education and the arts, Tom has been a tireless fundraiser for many causes near and dear to his heart. Two of his proudest endeavors have been as a teacher and fundraiser for Mentor L.A. Partner Schools and serving on the Board of Directors of the New York Art Therapy Outreach Center, which is committed to working with at-risk populations through art therapy.

As a result of his tireless efforts to keep the arts alive for the next generation to enjoy, Tom was nominated by President Obama in 2013 to serve on the National Council for the Arts, which serves in an advisory capacity to the National Endowment for the Arts. In this role, Tom will be advising the National Endowment on policies and programs while also offering recommendations on various grant applications. He talked about the opportunity and value extensively on his Twitter page.

An avid athletic competitor, he manages to find a few moments here and there to play a quick tennis match or pair up with some friends and play 18 holes of golf. While his golf game still needs some fine-tuning, he takes it all in stride and chooses to remain loyal to his hometown teams, the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.

While Tom has taken the talents he possesses and used them to their full advantage, the Los Angeles Times has mentioned him in multiple articles as one of the most approachable executives in Hollywood today. Determined to see the arts continue to flourish, Tom is committed to putting his best foot forward and helping to produce many more projects that will take their place as some of the best in the business.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Disney Might Kill Starwars

Screerant.com cites a rumor regarding a Starwars Episode VII Trailer. The trailer, reportedly to debut during the beginning of the Christmas season, probably will not debut any time soon. Soon people will realize that the trailer is not coming until, at least, the middle of next year when the time draws nearer for the movie’s release. All the hype concerning episode seven is understandable, but setting standards too high before the film enters the world area is a horrid idea. Reality must entertain this concept: Disney might desecrate the most fantastic science-fiction series in history.

Selling Starwars to Disney was the worst decision George Lucas could have made, and many fans like Marc Sparks feel that way. Lucasfilm was a completely functional and beloved enterprise until he sold out and went for the money instead of the wicked awesome franchise. The franchise did not need to be sold, period. Understandably, Lucas was tired, but that does not mean that Starwars needed to be sold. Starwars should have been retained within the Lucas family, where great ideas could foster as it passed through the generations. New generations could generate new content, making it accessible for many years to come. Instead, however, viewers must come to grips with the calamitous fact that the same cinema giant that revived the Disney princesses also has taken up the helm of the Starwars universe. Mickey Mouse is a likeable character, but he cannot wield a lightsaber.

Bette Midler is not impressed with Ariana Grande

Bette Midler has spoken her peace on young pop artists today, namely Ariana Grande. The opinion, not so “bang bang.”

The lovely crooner, Bette Midler, rarely speaks out these days. In interviews previously she had stated her disappointment with young women in the music industry, never pointing anyone out. Just recently, in an interview with UK’s The Telegraph, Midler went on to say that Grande’s presentation of herself was terrible. Read more of Bette Midler’s interview here.

Midler stated that she was surprised that someone with such a wholesome and beautiful voice, writhing around on furniture looks ridiculous. She mentioned that it was beyond silly and she wanted to know who was advising Grande to make such decisions, and whoever was advising it should stop. Midler also stated that she couldn’t say much because she is not the mother of Grande, it wasn’t her business and that maybe it’s what her managers and parents have told her to do, that selling sex is the only way she is going to succeed. Midler had several opinions about the scantily clad Grande in her most recent performance at the American Music Awards. Her statements caught Marc Sparks and others a little off guard.

Ariana Grande, a young woman not afraid to speak her mind, retaliated passively with an old photo of Midler in a mermaid bikini ensemble from her young star-making days. She took to Twitter with the photo and exclaimed “Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgment! I’m not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love.”

Counseling Helps Mental Disorders

Counselors can really help a person that is suffering from depression or schizophrenia. There are many people that battle with mental disorders. They can be very difficult to deal with and they can even make a person attempt to commit suicide. There have been recent studies that have been conducted that prove that when a person receives short term therapy sessions, Keith Mann says that they are 26% less likely to try to commit suicide for the first time, or to repeat a suicide attempt.

This is an amazing statistic considering the fact that many people that try to commit suicide once, quite often try to do it again. According to this study a person gets long term benefits from these small counseling sessions and they basically help them to improve their overall mental health. It can be very difficult to have to deal with a person that has mental disorders, because quite often even the medications do not work like they promise and a person and their family can find themselves very frustrated with the whole process.

Since it is a proven fact that counseling can really help a person with mental disorders, it is good to know that there are alternatives for people battling with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Counselors are people that let a person express themselves without judgement, and many people this day and age just need a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on in order to help them deal with their mental pain.

Live-Action Attack on Titan Released

Are you a big fan of anime and manga series and movies? Did you watch Attack of Titan anime? There’s no doubt that Attack on Titan is one of the most talked about mangas/anime of the year, but there’s been little in the way of truly juicy rumours as of ate.

If your answer is yes, then you must be aware that this is a very interesting and excellent anime with full of action and adventures. It is really hard to find an anime that is similar to Attack on Titan. 

Film enthusiast Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says that many people know that many anime movies and series have games also on the same name and they get popular in just few days but many others want to see these anime in really Hollywood style. 

There were many anime movies made like Akira, Spirited Away and Death Note, but none of them could be as popular as the movie Ghost in the Shell. But now Hollywood is going to see the super exciting Attack on Titan in Hollywood style. This was initially started in 2009 as a manga, but later anime and video games of the story were produced as well. 

Live action performances of these humans and Titans will, however, add a whole new dimension to how the story will aesthetically unfold. There were few posters of the movie released to start the excitement among the Attack on Titan fans.

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Gets Four Movie Treatment

Stephen King is a pop culture legend and the books he has written will likely stand the test of time. His films on the other hand? Ah, in a world of ‘hit and miss’ they have been mostly ‘miss’. Finally it looks like one of King’s better novels, ‘The Stand’, will be getting the movie adaptation it deserves as director Josh Boone (‘The Fault in Our Stars’) has announced a plan to make the film in four individual parts.

Originally published back in 1978, ‘The Stand’ is a 1,000 page novel about a post apocalyptic world that has been decimated by a super disease called ‘Captain Trips’. With most of the worlds population dead, or dying, the healthy survivors split off into two camps of ‘good’ and ‘evil’. King fans Dave and Brit Morin profess that the novel is as close to the hearts of his fans as it gets due to the dynamic characters, compelling build up, and decisive finish. An epic such as this truly deserves as much screen time as it can pull in.

Boone is trying to drum up support for the project, and the screenplay adaptation that he is writing, by pulling in an A-list actor to really seal the deal. The primary villain in the books is a rambling mystical man by the name of Randall Flagg. Boone says that his top choice for the role would be Oscar winning Matthew McConaughey. If Boone can do the film justice then ‘The Stand’ might sit right next to other King cinematic juggernauts like ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Stand by Me’.

Marley Marijuana Available In States Who Have Made It Legal

The Marley clan has just inked a deal to provide several marijuana products to be available to all legal markets. The famous Rastafarian was famous for his music, and his penchant for marijuana smoke. The Rastafarian religion considers this weed a sacrament. It is a massive deal that represents an almost $50 million investment from some large investment firms. Although heralded, some see this as an intrusion by large conglomerates into the marijuana market. The fear is that investments like these will stifle a small industry that requires very little initial start-up costs.

In addition, the large conglomerates and brands from other industries like alcohol and tobacco have shown increasing interest in the proliferation of legalization throughout the country. Most have chosen not to respond negatively in public, but have expressed concern about the impacts to their industries. While tobacco companies have contemplated marching into the new industry, alcohol companies fear that it could take a significant amount of the consumers that drink their products. They also have expressed some consternation at what they see as antagonistic rhetoric from marijuana advocates.

Because of this, they have expressed a willingness to protect themselves by using their tremendous buying power in congress. This is what Igor Cornelsen expects to happen. They have also fired an opening salvo of what could become an epic battle against a growing acceptance of marijuana in America. It is common knowledge that drinking can be dangerous and is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

Angelina Jolie Planning on Quitting Acting

Angelina Jolie was once the most popular actress in all of Hollywood, but now she is planning on retiring from acting. She confirmed recently that she is going to retire from acting in order to focus on her career as a film-maker.

This came out in a recent interview to promote her latest film, Unbroken. She claimed during the interview that does not like being the center of attention and she hopes to move behind the camera permanently.  Angelina’s final acting role appears to be as Cleopatra. She claims that she is hoping to go out on top in this larger than life role.

While she is excited for this next step in her career she had a hard time convincing her husband, Brad Pitt, that her latest film was the one to kick start her career as a director. Unbroken is the story of an Olympic athlete that finds himself in a prisoner of war camp in Japan during World War II, and Zeca Oliveira is really interested in the movie. Her husband was not sure, but she was convinced that this story of the human spirit inspired her and she is ready to bring it to the screen.

While the world is sure to miss Angelina’s wonderful acting there are sure to be many Jolie directed pictures to come. These films should definitely be interesting and hopefully audiences will be entertained by these films. Maybe one day Angelina will even return to the silver screen.

Pirates of the Carribean 5 Gets Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites, star of Maleficent and The Giver is joining the cast for the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. There has been a lot of trouble getting this film into production. The film is set to be released in summer of 2017. Returning actors are Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. This film will be directed by Joachi, Ronning and Espen Sandberg.

While Thwaits have appeared in quite a few big blockbusters and other big productions, his role in Maleficent has made him the choice for the role in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Many involved with North American Spine feel like this was a pretty great choice.

The plot is said to revolve around a ghost played by Javier Bardem that is out for revenge. The movie is expected to start filming in Australia early in the next year. There is no telling what kind of role that Thwaites’s character is going to have. It might be a similar role to Orlando Bloom’s character in the first three movies. Thwaites is playing a prince like Orlando Bloom did. Of course, as with every production, there will be more news revealed on this film as they complete the film. The current release date for the film is set for July 7, 2017.

Another Blow Dealt to Roe v. Wade

A baby’s heartbeat can be detected in a pregnant woman as early as six weeks into her pregnancy. This is often before the woman herself even knows that she’s pregnant. Yet Ohio politicians are expected to pass initial approval of the so-called “heartbeat” bill. The bill would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, which could have devastating ramifications.

Ohio is the latest state of many to try to pass legislation of this nature. Unfortunately, some politicians are trying to circumvent Federal abortion laws through whatever means necessary. This is a bit disturbing for people at North American Spine to hear about. Their ultimate goal is to severely restrict or completely prohibit a woman’s right to choose. Never mind that all of the evidence suggests that making abortion illegal does not decrease abortion. I guess we are soon going to be back to the days where desperate women performed abortions on themselves with coat hangers, often injuring themselves greatly in the process. It is extremely depressing that there are so many people keen on whittling away at women’s rights. Ultimately this may result in abortion being made completely legal.