Would Nick Frost Make a Decent Penguin in the New Batman Movie?

Nick Frost wants to play an iconic Batman villain. The actor of Shaun of the Dead fame stated he’s up for playing The Penguin in the solo Batman film. The Batman remains stalled somewhat in development. Originally, Deathstroke the Terminator was slated to play the main villain. Now, rumors swirl that The Penguin takes the antagonist role in current script drafts.


Frost has built a fan following thanks to his role of Bajie, the notorious monk of the martial arts favorite Into the Badlands. The obvious benefit to casting Frost as The Penguin derives from his recurring role on the series. Into the Badlands could become a promotional vehicle for The Batman. Frost appears in front of millions of fans on the AMC series. Those fans might follow him to The Penguin.


Elsewhere on television, the villain’s sinister ways intrigue audiences. The Penguin character currently appears prominently on the Fox TV series Gotham. Robin Taylor plays the character in his “Oswald Cobblepot” alter ego form. Taylor’s performance has certainly appealed to fans of DC Comics. Since Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito played The Penguin in the past, Taylor had huge acting shoes to fill. Taylor did so quite well. His outstanding performance created a buzz about the classic villain. The buzz may carry over into a film featuring the villain. Maybe this is why The Penguin is replacing Deathstroke.


Two points do need to be made here. First, Frost’s expression of interest on social media doesn’t mean much. Warner Bros. hasn’t contacted him. No formal talks have taken place.


Also, the script for The Batman continues to be tweaked and rewritten. No final script exists. The script could be tossed, and The Penguin dropped. Reportedly, The Penguin was also considered as the lead villain in the DCEU ensemble project Birds of Prey.


Sooner or later, the classic villain will return to the big screen. Frost seems to be a fine choice to play The Penguin. Warner Bros. should take his interest-expressing Tweet seriously.

Sylvester Stallone Launches New Production Company

Sylvester Stallone has no desire to leave the movie industry behind. The film industry made Stallone an international star in 1976 when he starred in the classic film Rocky. Stallone’s acting days may be numbered, but he’s moving into a completely new role. Stallone recently founded Balboa Productions. As Stallone fans know, Balboa was the cinematic Rocky’s last name.


With the new company, Stallone will develop feature film projects with his partner. And he connected with a strong partner in Braden Aftergood. Aftergood produced a number of well-received films. His films also did well at the box office. Hell or High Water and Lone Survivor rank as two of his best films. Aftergood’s combination of developing prestige films with commercial potential could lead to some excellent projects with Stallone.


Stallone does seem to be interested in producing quality films. The very first film slated for development is a biopic of boxer Jack Johnson. Stallone recently made the news by lobbying President Trump to pardon Johnson. Johnson was the victim of a racially biased conviction over 100 years ago. The tale of the fighter’s life will now be told in a motion picture.


Consider it fitting that Balboa Productions chose to make his first movie about a professional boxer. Since the production company is a startup, little is known about the other projects planned in the pipeline. Stallone made a number of popular and hugely successful action movies. Likely, his new company will probably jump into the action genre full throttle.


Balboa Productions signed a distribution deal with MGM, a major studio. Stallone’s new venture definitely rises to “A-list” level.


Stallone has not completely thrown in the proverbial towel with acting. He reprises the Rocky Balboa role in Creed 2. Stallone also plans to give his other legendary character, Rambo, a final send-off. Stallone also directed features in the past. He may do the same in the future.

Richard Brake May Be Breaking Up The Firefly Trio in Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell

Rob Zombie shocked horror fans with the news he started filming a third “Firefly family” film titled 3 From Hell. Fans did not even know the rocker/director was planning a follow-up to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Reject. News about the film remains ever so quiet. Things will remain this way until Zombie finishes up touring and starts work on the editing. To keep a buzz about the film going, Zombie releases still photos from the feature. The stills definitely intrigue fans about what to expect from the third — and likely final — Firefly family film.


The newest photo reveals actor Richard Brake. Brake sports a grizzled beard and appropriate 1970’s era clothes. The Firefly film series continues its late 1970’s setting. The look on Brake’s face appears quite serious. Take this as a hint his role in the film is equally serious. Consider it doubtful Zombie would cast Brake in a mere cameo. The actor played the prominent villain Doomhead in Zombie’s previous horror outing 31. Brake also plays The Night King on Game of Thrones. Fans outside of the horror and fantasy genre probably will recognize Brake from a variety of other projects he appeared in. The actor’s popularity continues to rise allowing him to become a favorite casting choice. With 31 and 3 From Hell, Brake rises above supporting actor status and into featured roles.


Since the title trio from 3 From Hell play the main villains, is Brake’s role going to be a more heroic one? More accurately, will he be an anti-heroic antagonist to the Firefly family in the new entry? Zombie doesn’t seem to like creating heroes that lack flaws. Brake’s penchant for quirkiness in his roles makes him better suited for a more anti-heroic character as well.


So far, everything about 3 From Hell falls under the category of pure speculation. The film won’t be released until 2019. Fans must wait a long time before seeing what the third film is all about.


Andrew Lincoln Soon Walks Off The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln seems to be done. Reportedly, the actor has decided to call his Walking Dead career quits. At the end of season 9, Lincoln ends his run as Rick Grimes on the zombie apocalypse series. All indications suggest Norman Reedus will rise to the lead role from season 10 onward. Reedus now weighs a big money deal to accept the promotion.


The departure of Lincoln comes as a shock, but not too big of a shock. The Walking Dead continues to lose viewers season after season. Failure to provide an audience with the type of entertainment it has grown accustomed to often proves disastrous. Viewers get used to a particular presentation in a television series. The trouble with The Walking Dead centered on the constant shuffling of the production staff. Different showrunners brought with them different approaches. Even when adopting the source material from the comics, the tone of The Walking Dead simply didn’t match from one season to the next. Likely, this factored into both declining audience numbers and Andrew Lincoln’s desire to depart.


When a television series clearly displays it’s best years are far behind it, actors start looking for other projects. Andrew Lincoln has become an international star thanks to his recurring role as Rick Grimes. He shouldn’t have too much trouble landing a new gig. Costar Lauren Cohan has capitalized on her fame from The Walking Dead. She will be starring in another television series. She won’t depart The Walking Dead in season nine, but her role will be limited.


Andrew Lincoln won’t be appearing in every episode of season nine either. Cutting back on his screen time makes sense since he won’t be the lead star in season 10. The program’s running time must invest in those stars who will be carrying the series in future years.


Where The Walking Dead walks to from this point truly is uncertain. Hopefully, the series can turn around its ratings woes.

How Cedric the Entertainer Changes Lanes in Entertainment

Cedric the Entertainer is proving that there are more rolls for him that may not consist of comedy, and this shows incredible range.


This is a new twist for Cedric the Entertainer because comedy is what he has always been known for. Now it appears that the true mark of an actor is his ability to show range. People know that actors that are transitioning are going to be able to play a number of different types of roles.


It can be difficult for someone that is in comedy to reach beyond this and do something else. That is the sign of a true actor. Jamie Foxx is the prime example of this. For many years he was known for comedy and doing impressions. He would actually win an Oscar, however, for something that was not a comedic role at all. In fact, his transition into drama came in the form of an impression of Ray Charles.


People were very impressed with his role as Ray, and this would lead to other options for him beyond comedy. Jamie would continue to be the funny man with impressions over time, but he would also find himself an action movie roles that he may not have acquired before. He found himself in movies where he would get the chance to show different emotions. All of this came because he was willing to take on more than what he had become accustomed to as an actor.


It is very easy for men that are in the arts to get engulfed in what they have become known for. In Hollywood this is called typecasting. It is not always their desire to be in the same roles that they have always been. Unfortunately, it is something that happens because they are so good at what they do. People automatically assume that they will be perfect for a certain type of role because this is what they have always been known for.

Peter Briger: Leading the Company to Success

Peter Briger is an American businessman who currently serves as the principal of the Fortress Investment Group. He is also working as the co-chairman of the company’s board of directors. He assisted in establishing the Fortress Investment Group in 1998, and through the years, he showed his co-founders that he could lead the company to success. During the early years of the company’s existence, Peter Briger helped his colleagues develop a better way on how they can handle the business and how they could attract more investors. Through the combined efforts of the founders of the Fortress Investment Group, the number of their clients started to increase.

Peter Briger invited several investors to work with them, and he showed them how they could succeed by investing in the company. The Fortress Investment Group now has an extensive network of investors, thanks to the determination of the co-founders to win them. The success of the Fortress Investment Group did not end with them inviting more investors. Peter Briger agreed with his co-founders that their business should also be sold to the public, so they decided to make a debut at the New York Stock Exchange in 2007, and started selling 8% of the company to the people in the form of shares. Many people bought stocks from the company, hoping that they would profit from it. As the Fortress Investment Group started to gain more investors and develop a positive reputation, its stock market value increased, attracting more people to invest. Meet Pete Briger: A Titan in the Investment and Finance World

Peter Briger has a significant role in the success of the company. Without him working with his colleagues, the Fortress Investment Group would not be as successful as it is in the present. Being open to suggestions and corrections, the co-founders managed to identify what could work for them and what would not work. Because of their dedication to succeed, the Fortress Investment Group became America’s largest private equity firm, and it continues to develop the business and financial sector in the United States. The firm has also acquired $65 billion worth of assets, and it is projected to expand further, based on what business experts are foreseeing. Fortress Executives to Cash In $1.39 Billion From SoftBank Sale

The co-founders of the Fortress Investment Group stated that they would continue to serve the public by providing them the chance to become a part of their success. The Fortress Investment Group continues to perform much, gaining a favorable forecast for its future. A Force of Innovation: Two Decades of Fortress Investment Group


Ry Cooder’s New “Prodigal Son” Album Is A Real Winning Effort

For half a century now, Ry Cooder has been creating and performing a delightful form of music that touches upon blues, country, folk, world music and straight-up rock and roll.


In a recent Rolling Stone article, Ry Cooder’s latest album The Prodigal Son is given a thumbs-up review. Having heard some of the tracks on this album, I can honestly say that Mr. Cooder’s new music is every bit as appealing and vital as it always has been.


Ry Cooder’s music is described more than once in the Rolling Stone article as being ‘roots music’, and those roots sometimes include gospel, bluegrass and Spanish influences. In the 1990’s, this artist helped to popularize the music of Cuba, when he worked as a producer on the Buena Vista Social Club musical project.


Known for his exemplary slide guitar work, Ry Cooder has performed with a wide range of other artists, including the Rolling Stones, the Doobie Brothers, Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart and Randy Newman.


Although The Prodigal Son album is not as politically charged as Cooder’s Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down album from 2011, or his Mutt Romney Blues work from 2012, this new album still takes aim at several social issues, with a dose of Cooder’s light humor. These include facism, changing cityscapes, climate change and exploitation of third-world workers.


It has been six years since Ry Cooder released a new album, and The Prodigal Son disc really offers a fresh, exciting and relevant sound. As with much of his work, even when he’s rocking hard here, Mr. Cooder’s music possesses a relaxed yet polished feel.


If you’re looking for a very good new album by an established artist, look no further than The Prodigal Son by Ry Cooder. Happy listening.


Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Is Happy With Today’s Spider-Man

Although actors Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have already turned in good performances portraying Peter Parker/Spider-Man in full-length feature films, the superhero’s co-creator says it is Tom Holland, who is currently starring as Spider-Man, who best-exemplifies the way he envisioned the character.


According to a recent article on the Screen Rant website, Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man sent out a tweet yesterday saying that the superhero was never meant to be physically large in size, and that Tom Holland is exactly the right age and height to play the part.


Tom Holland is only 21 years old, but he has handled the pressure of starring in three high-profile, feature films very well. While his predecessor’s performances in the role are indeed quite excellent, Holland’s youthful sensibility adds another dimension to the character.


Mr. Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man debuted on the big screen in 2016’s Captain America : Civil War film. In 2017, Holland starred in the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, and he is now starring in the Avengers: Infinity War film. In this Avengers film, Spider-Man and a host of other super heroes join together to save the universe from doom and destruction.


All of the Spider-Man movies are very popular with fans, and Tom Holland’s performances as the webbed superhero have been very well-received by the movie-going public. A very talented actor, Mr. Holland consistently displays a sensibility that belies his chronological age.


While it certainly is an honor for the legendary comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee to praise the choice of actor to portray his character, Mr. Lee has also praised the work of Garfield and Maguire in their roles as Spider-Man.

Louis Chenevert; the Man Who Marries Management to Leadership

It is critical to celebrate people who highlight alarming issues early. Moreover, it is essential to surround yourself, top performers, because you are as good as your team. Those are the words of Louis Chenevert, an executive business leader, a revered professional, entrepreneur, and mentor.

The Interview

Over the years, this Canadian businessman has gained tremendous popularity following his contribution to United Technologies Corporation where he served as the chief executive officer. In a recent interview with IdeaMensch, Chenevert admits that there were challenges appended to leading the pack. However, being a dedicated business leader, he grasped every challenge with some strategy put in place to deal with the issue. Here is a short excerpt about his career and life before joining UTC.

Early Life and Career

When talking about legacy and excellent leadership, Louis Chenevert is the ideal figure that should come to mind. For starters, before joining UTC, he ensured that he cemented his career around different yet revolutionary projects as well. Therefore, he worked at General Motors for about fourteen years, followed by Pratt & Whitney. In both capacities, Chenevert held senior positions in which he managed to serve diligently and ensure that the organizations’ shares plummeted. Other than that, he has often admitted that his career took a positive turn when he joined UTC.

Joining and Working at UTC

It is factual that Louis Chenevert has been instrumental in growing United Technologies Corporation. At the mention of the company, everyone realizes that even the employees are impressed by his contribution to elevating the firm into an international service provider. Moreover, he has vastly contributed to the mending of great partnerships. Therefore, when he stepped down at the end of his reign, it was clear that his legacy would rein on. For that reason, Chenevert has been defined as a great influencer who dedicates most of his time to developing great working strategies for every client.

The General Observation

It is true that management and leadership are intertwined. Therefore, for a leader to be described as not only successful but also instrumental, he or she must have the capacity of marrying management to leadership. As illustrated by Chenevert, a great business leader, it is highly possible to link the two and attain excellent results.


Cedric the Actor? Comedic Entertainer Trying his Chops at Drama

It is not uncommon for actors well-versed in comedy to branch out and try their chops at the more serious roles in an attempt to gain recognition for something outside of their comfort zone.


What isn’t as common is for a comedian to take this road twice, after failing the first time.


Cedric the Entertainer is back at it a second time after his first shot at Cedric the Actor failed miserably in 2008. Cedric’s first attempt to recast himself in the eyes of Hollywood was through a Broadway play co-starring Haley Joel Osment and John Leguizamo. Despite the high-profile cast and being head up by writer David Mamet, the production of “American Buffalo” was a bomb and Cedric’s attempt to reinvent himself was dead on arrival.


Not one to give up, Cedric is back with a serious role in the film “First Reformed”, playing the role of a head pastor guiding a junior colleague played by the venerable Ethan Hawke. Opening in limited release on May 18, “First Reformed” is a big departure from Cedric’s roles in recent years which have focused solely on comedic performances.


Early reviews bode well for the success of “First Reformed” as well as Cedric’s performance. An early leading candidate for one of the year’s best pictures will certainly boost Cedric’s stock and catapult him from the pigeon-holed comedic roles of his past to being considered for more thoughtful and serious roles.


In addition to the new opportunity in film, Cedric is reinventing himself through a variety of mediums including his new sitcom, “Welcome to the Neighborhood”. The new show on CBS will enable Cedric to push the boundary of his creative license and subsequently open even more doors.

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