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Greetings fans of the movie industry! (And everyone else.)

Today’s rant is on the stupidity that is Hollywood.

The last two days I have been reading about how “Jack the Giant Slayer” has failed at the box-office. It made in it’s Domestic Release $28 million. Which, apparently now is considered a failure, but in the past, if a movie made $10 million on it’s opening weekend it was considered a success. But, then again, it cost a estimated $200 million to produce.

Before I go further, I want to state clearly that though it “flopped” it’s opening weekend, it WAS the #1 film of the weekend. Second place went to Identity Theft which is on it’s fourth week, and this week it made $9.7 million for a total of $107.4 million.

Now… Back to my thoughts.

Look, here it is, plain and simple:

The movie industry employees a frickin TON of skilled workers, carpenters, electricians, cooks, various staff for cleaning, primping, security etc, not to mention Directors, Writers, Producers, Movie Stars, etc. All of these people need money just like the rest of us, and they need to work to get that money, just like the rest of us.

That said, our economy sucks like a vacuum.

The movie people (the higher ups making the calls) need to take into consideration that a family of four cannot afford to take the kids to see a movie in the movie theater. $9 for ticket, $3 for 3D glasses (which they want returned but don’t want to give you a refund on), $4 for a drink, $8 for popcorn… For one person that is a total of $24. Multiple that times 4 and for a night out for a family of four (not including the gas money to get to the theater) and you are spending $96.

People can’t afford to go to the movies like they used to, but that isn’t stopping Hollywood for churning out film after film.

Hollywood, you need to pull a cue card from the past.

  • Don’t release a ton of new films every week.
  • Let some films sit in the theater for a few weeks to gain watchers.
  • Don’t spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a ton of films.
  • Encourage movie theaters to offer “loyalty programs” such as, “Watch 6 movies this year, and come see one for free.”
  • Reduce children’s tickets to a MUCH LOWER price. (In some theaters, kids over the age of 2 are almost full price.)

So, there you go. My thoughts.

Also.. on a side note… No. I am not going to mention ANYTHING about my fears of Disney and their ownership of Star Wars, and how badly Disney is failing repeatedly on films lately. Nope. Not going to mention it at all.

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Digital Perfection

So… I log onto the internet, and read the few news articles I see, some interesting, some not… But, on a daily account, I almost always see some story about some actor/model that was used in a ad for some product/film, and their image was photoshopped.

Now, first, let me say I am a fan of ARTISTIC PHOTOMANIPULATION.  It’s what I do. (This is Prince. He is a photomanipulated piece that I did for a friend. Before and After.)

Original photo of Prince.

Prince

Now… If you are going to hire a model/actor for a photo shoot, you are hiring that person not only for their looks, but their name and media power. Therefore, I am quite confused as to why people are photoshopping the images. Okay, I do understand that “such-and-such was used in the shoot, and it was green, but that item wasn’t able to be massed produced, so we went with a different color and changed it from green to burgundy” excuse. Sure. I’ve been there, I understand.

But, seriously? Below you will see a few photo shop “changes” and yes, your eyebrows will rise to the event.

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Jennifer Lawrence. I am not a fan of hers… But in the Dior Ads, she seems to have lost weight and had her moles removed…

Model Filippa Hamilton

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Darkness, The Recovery

Hello all.

So, I had been engulfed by the Darkness and struggled past it. I am glad to say that it is not as dark as it had been now. Also, I know why I got hit so heavily with it this time around.

My IC flared up and my PCOS was giving me some issues as well. On top of that, my kitties had to find a new home since my residency will be changing. And, not only that… I was suffering through some PMS.

I want to thank everyone who sent me good, warm thoughts, and I know I wasn’t alone in The Darkness.

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So, I have been using Yahoo! as my main homepage, news bringer, mailing service, etc.

Yesterday I log in, and, low and behold, it’s “new”. I try to never “panic” when there has been a change to something that really didn’t need updating. So, I inhaled a nice, clean breath, and decided to scroll around and see what it’s like.

How to put how I feel about the new Yahoo! Home page….

IT SUCKS @SS!

You see, on the old Home page, you could chose the types of stories you wanted to know about. Me, I like World News, Local News, Entertainment, Science and Life.

APPARENTLY on this new homepage YOU don’t chose. THEY chose for you based upon what you have clicked on in the past, and what you have “liked” on Facebook.

That is NOT how I roll.

Then, there is another issue… the actual articles.

So, yesterday Office Max and Office Depot merged. (Apparently, though now there is a article saying the press release came out too soon.) Ok, I can deal with this article. Sure it’s kinda interesting… But, to be honest, as I am scrolling down, down, down on my Homepage, why did I come across 12 articles all on the same thing? Oh! I can click the little X in the corner to get rid of the story, and all related stories. But, what if I WANT to know about Office Depot/Office Max merge? If I click off, I wont get any of the news.

Next issue?

The size.

The damn thing is horrendously LARGE PRINT. And, I cannot find any way to adjust it.

Next issue?

Facebook.

I use Facebook.

SPARINGLY.

I do NOT like Facebook, I find it overly intrusive into your private life. They track so much crap that whenever I click on something and it says, “sign in using your Facebook account” I close the page, and search for a different thing.

So… now that Yahoo! has changed, what’s my thoughts? I mean besides the statements above?

Ya know how Walmart is a huge store and has everything you need, but they will only sell you what they want to stock? (Look back to how they carried the number one brand of a item and the Walmart brand only (from the last few years) giving you the grand total of choices between two.) Well, I hate shopping at Walmart and try to not go there. Store is too large, the registers are never open, and I can never find what I want. So, I go to the small town, local grocery store and get the stuff I want.

Yahoo! – Yeah… You just got too big for your britches, and think YOU will make decisions for ME on what I want to read, see or look up?

I don’t think so.

I will still use you to grab my email, but otherwise… Go away. You are done.

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Change

Change is coming.

Something new…

Something old…

I may ask a favor.

I may need a hand.

I hope one of you responds.

I hope one of you can.

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Doctor?

Hello there. Been a bit of a while… What have I been doing? Drowning myself in the Whoniverse.  I have FINALLY actually watched Dr. Who. (Well… only the 9th, 10th and 11th incarnations of said doctor…) And… It has sparked a bit of life back into my comatosed  creative mind.

So… How about a peek?

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I think I have reached my limit.

No… I know I have.

I am SOOOOooooo tired of hearing how everything is Obama’s fault.

I swear, with EVERYTHING that Obama is being blamed for, he must be the second coming of Christ, cause, well, he is able to persuade men to do things while 10 years old… Take the full credit different choices/plans/schedules of  1, 2 or 3 different presidents. Yes, before he even ran for president apparently.

Newt Gingrich:  Newt Gingrich made some fresh waves in his wavy presidential campaign last week in Georgia, claiming the Obama administration wanted to force smaller vehicles and electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt on Americans, saying: “You can’t put a gun rack in a Volt.” 

Oh Newt… You are such a twit. Want a touch of reality?

The Chevrolet Volt concept car was unveiled at the January 2007 North American International Auto Show, becoming the first-ever series plug-in hybrid concept car shown by a major manufacturer.

Now.. I could be wrong (I am not…) But… Obama didn’t start his run for President until February, 2007, and didn’t become President until the 2008 election.

As for the Hybrid vehicles… oh have I got some numbers for you:

2004 – The GM/DaimlerChrysler partnership was announced on December 13, 2004 with Dieter Zetsche of DaimlerChrysler joining Rick Wagoner of GM on stage with a prototype. The agreement was not signed until the following August, however.

2005 – It was announced on September 7, 2005 that BMW would also join the alliance, likely using archrival DaimlerChrysler’s rear wheel drive system.

2007 – On March 1, 2007, BMW and DaimlerChrysler announced that they are expanding their partnership and moving quickly to develop a mild hybrid module for rear wheel drive premium cars.

Now… you know… Newt… You know… I highly doubt that anyone would give you a grain of salt for your thoughts on technology, current or future, automotive or other, when people realize that you were the one who shut down the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).

 The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was an office of the United States Congress from 1972 to 1995. OTA’s purpose was to provide Congressional members and committees with objective and authoritative analysis of the complex scientific and technical issues of the late 20th century, i.e. technology assessment. It was a leader in practicing and encouraging delivery of public services in innovative and inexpensive ways, including distribution of government documents through electronic publishing. Its model was widely copied around the world.

Despite that and your under-educated brain on the current and future technologies, and desires and wants of the American people (Honestly… You may be from Georgia, but son, have you got a lesson in life if you think that the people that put GUN RACKS in vehicles are as worried about putting it into a Chevrolet Volt as they are about AFFORDING fuel since wages and jobs are more a worry. I personally would rather buy a vehicle, who’s  (whose?) resale value in 3 years is 51%, I get a tax break, and nearly double my fuel mileage then buy a car to replace my SUV or ATV that I use to hunt. Load up my AK-47 and head out into the woods so I can take out a few deer.

AND IF I were hunting with my Chevrolet Volt… NO ONE in their right mind would throw the bloody carcass on top of a hybrid! It would create drag.

Onto my next victim.

Lou Dobbs.

You sir, are amazing…. How do you get people to pay attention to you when you made a decision between a President giving a speech at one of the worst school massacre’s to ever hit this country, and… Moneyline? You are a sad case for humanity.

On April 20, 1999, CNN was covering Clinton’s speech in Littleton, Colorado, following the Columbine High School massacre. Dobbs ordered the producer to cut away from the speech and return to broadcastMoneyline.[8] Dobbs was countermanded by Kaplan, who ordered CNN to return to the speech. Kaplan later said, “Tell me what journalistic reason there was not to cover the president at Columbine soon after the shootings? Everyone else was doing it.” Dobbs announced on the air that “CNN President Rick Kaplan wants us to return to Littleton.” A few days later, Dobbs announced that he was leaving the network to startSpace.com, a website devoted to astronautical news.[8] Dobbs was subsequently replaced as host of Moneyline by Willow Bay and Stuart Varney.

Anyways…

Dobbs lambasted Disney’s “The Secret World of Arrietty,” a Japanese film that opened last Friday, for its story about a 4-inch-tall family of “borrowers” who take items from humans without paying for them. Universal’s “The Lorax,” opening March 2, “is about a woodland creature who speaks for the trees and fights rampant industrialism,” Dobbs said, emphasizing the last two words.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fox-business-lou-dobbs-bashes-animated-movies-lorax-secret-world-arrietty-indoctrinating-children-liberal-agenda-article-1.1026738#ixzz1nCBg5l1t

Oh where to begin… 

How about the earliest… The Borrowers. I am sorry… The Secret World of Arrietty.

The Secret World of Arrietty, known in Japan as The Borrower Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ Kari-gurashi no Arietti?) and in the UK and Australia as Arrietty, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film based on Mary Norton‘s juvenile fantasy novel The Borrowers from 1952.

Once again… Obama was born in 1961, so his powers must be even more grand then assumed, since he was able to talk this author into writing this horrendous book about sharing ELEVEN years before he was born.

But, as if that wasn’t good enough… When he was 10, he managed to get Dr. Suess to write a book so that in July, 2009 (six months after he took office) Hollywood could begin working on the film. Way to go Mr. President.

Now… for now… I will go no further on Obama issues, and morons who spew verbal diarrhea and get paid millions of dollars for it, so they can complain about how the poor are destroying this wonderful country…

BUT…. I will say something about you, Mr. Dobbs. You confuse me. Sometimes, that’s not easy to do… Researching you…. got me confuddled.

Explain to me the following:

It seems, sir, that the only opinions/beliefs you have, waver upon who is paying you the most to to spew them. Well sir, you have no room to answer here, for I don’t pay for words.

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