Adam West AKA Batman Dies at 88

Actor Adam West, who had a lengthy career in television but whose legacy will always be tied to the cartoon character of Batman, died at the age of 88 in Los Angeles on June 9 from leukemia.


Growing up in Washington state, West first came to onscreen prominence in the 1959 movie, The Young Philadelphians and appeared as a guest star in a number of television programs. In 1965, following completion of a Western that was filmed in Europe, West met with producer William Dozier about possibly playing a live-action version of Batman.


West had caught the attention of Dozier as a result of a commercial that he had appeared in for Nestle’s Quik, which portrayed him as a fun-loving and debonair character. Looking for someone who could play the dual role of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego of Batman and do so in a tongue-in-cheek manner, Dozier hired West for the role.


During the first season in early 1966, the show became a huge hit among both children and adults. In a number of cases, major celebrities offered to appear on the program as a way to curry favor with their own children.


The production schedule over the show’s first 18 months would now be considered unthinkable, with 90 half-hour episodes AND a feature film made. Budgetary cuts and a decline in interest eventually resulted in the show being cancelled in early 1968.


West later complained that the role had typecast him, resulting in the destruction of his career. However, he was able to continue making money by playing the character in numerous personal appearances, which eventually allowed him to accept his legacy.


The release of Batman movies over the past three decades also brought him back into the public spotlight. That renewed prominence allowed him to essentially play himself in the Fox cartoon, Family Guy. On the show, he played the mayor of the town, who happened to be named Adam West.


Tom Cruise Gets Mixed Results with The Mummy

Tom Cruise is one of the most bankable actors in the motion picture business. For well over 30 years, Cruise has consistently delivered one big hit after the other. The Mummy, however, will go down with a negative check mark on his storied resume.


The Mummy is the initial film in the Universal Dark Universe of new monster movies. The opening weekend for the feature is shaping up to be a bit of a disappointment. The box office in North America is underperforming and the critical reviews are downright vicious.


The director of the film, Alex Kurtzman, noted the goal of The Mummy was to “deconstruct” the average Tom Cruise film. To attempt to shake up expectations of Tom Cruise fans is a risk. Fans want to see their favorite star in a familiar performance. The Mummy chose to tweak things a bit, but this is not the reason for the film’s troubles.


Now, the critical troubles are obvious. The reviews are terrible. As for box office, the tepid performance in the United States is offset by the $169 million earned worldwide. That is, ironically, the biggest global opening weekend for a Tom Cruise movie ever.


Tom Cruise could not open the movie strong in the United States as his name value could not overcome an obvious problem: U.S. moviegoers don’t seem to be interested in big budget reboots of classic monster films.


Overseas, Tom Cruise’s name means automatic big box office and the huge weekend gross shows interest in a new direction for classic movie monsters exists.


Will Cruise remain a part of future installments in the Dark Universe? With sequels to Mission Impossible and Top Gun on the horizon, fans need to wait to see whether he makes appearances in Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man.


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Character Actor Adam West Dies at Age 88

Adam West, the first actor to portray Batman in colorized media, passed away from leukemia at the age of 88. While West’s acting career gained a steady second wind through his voice work as characters like the mayor of “Family Guy’s” Quahog, Rhode Island, and several voices on “Robot Chicken,” few ever forget that the man was best known for playing Batman on television during the 1960s. Additionally, West’s time with the campy comic book program may have contributed to its evolution into a biweekly program for two seasons, as well as meriting a theatrically-released film, but the role also helped to pigeonhole his acting career for quite a while.


West was also notably distressed with the tonal shift in Batman’s character that began when Tim Burton’s “Batman” film released in 1989 and seems to have only continued with Christopher Nolan and Zach Snyder’s takes on DC Comics’ dark knight; where West portrayed a Batman who served as a bastion of comicdom’s “silver age,” these newer versions portrayed the caped crusader as a dark, brooding vigilante. In an interview with Variety, West shared his thoughts on the character of Batman as it changed over half a century; he felt that money had played a huge role and when his work as Batman became a hindrance to his career, he doubled down on his involvement with the character.


While some grew to positively associate West with a comic book character come to life, newer fans of the source material, especially fans of the ’70s and ’80s Batman books, grew to loathe West by association; that decade was when Batman seemed to grow more dark, brooding and angsty.


Beyond his time as an actor, West also became a published author. Released in the ’90s, West’s “Back to the Batcave” covered behind-the-scenes anecdotes of his time on ABC’s Batman and shared his anger and dismay at not being given the chance to reprise his role in Burton’s film.


Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover Retires from Music

Rapper Childish Gambino shocked the crowd at his recent Governor’s Ball Music Festival performance by casually announcing his retirement from the hip-hop scene. The musician and actor, better known to some by his real name, Donald Glover, closed the show by telling the audience “You’re in my heart. I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”


Glover confirmed the news at a promotional event for his two-time Golden Globe winning FX series, Atlanta. The actor and musician told the Huffington Post that he no longer felt his music career was “necessary.”


Glover’s rap persona was never meant to dominate his career. During a 2015 appearance on the Today show, he said, “I want to have periods in my life. I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.” This also isn’t the first time Glover has shocked fans by suddenly walking away from a project. The actor famously retired from his lead role on the hit NBC comedy series Community during its fifth season, citing a desire to pursue work that offered him more independence and creative freedom.


Glover’s most recent album, the gold certified, Awaken, My Love!, marked a huge genre shift for the musician. Unlike his previous, largely rap-dominated releases, Awaken experimented with gospel, psychedelic rock, and funk. The album’s success may have played a part in Glover’s choice to retire from music. He told the Huffington Post “There’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”


Fortunately, while Glover’s rap stint is coming to a close, he still has a lively acting career. In addition to Atlanta, the actor is cast in the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie as the legendary Lando Calrissian. He is set to enter the Marvel Extended Universe franchise with an undisclosed role in 2017’s Spider-man: Homecoming. Donald will also be starring as Simba in the 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s classic, The Lion King.


Given the demands of his acting career, it’s understandable that he’d decide to step away from music. There’s also the possibility Glover could resurrect his Gambino persona eventually. Glover told the Huffington Post “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.” His roles in the upcoming Star Wars film and Lion King remake show that he’s not adverse to projects that build on franchises fans assume had finished.


Singer Phil Collins Performances Rescheduled After Injury

Singer Phil Collins experienced a slip-and-fall injury that has altered his touring schedule. The 66-year old rock musician, known for the band “Genesis,” slipped in the bathroom and seriously injured his head. Collins’ press and management team gave a statement about the situation and how it will affect his fans.


The statement commented on how Collins experienced difficulty walking due from a case of “foot drop” incurred from having an operation performed on his back. Collins had slipped in his bathroom and hit his head against a chair hard enough to open up a gash near his ocular cavity and necessitating stitches. While Collins seems to be recovering well, he was kept under 24-hour observation. The medical shake-up was sufficient to force Collins to change a pair of Royal Albert Hall performances from June 8 and 9 to some time in late November. Collins apologized to his fans and thanked them for the warm reception during his first performance in a decade.


While the Royal Albert Hall performances were rescheduled for November, Collins’ “Not Dead Yet (Live)” tour is set to perform in Cologne, Germany’s Lanxess Arena on June 11th. Additionally, Collins will return to London for a June 30th concert to be held outdoors in Hyde Park. Tickets for the June 8th Royal Albert Hall performance will be honored on November 26th and the June 9th performance will be honored on November 27th.


Foot drop is a condition that results in the shortening of one leg, usually due to stroke, issues with the sciatic nerve, issues with the musculature of the rear lower leg, certain diseases, toxins or as a side effect from reconstructive work along the knee or hip region. Depending on the severity of the condition, foot drop can be temporary or an on-going ailment. The most notable issue with the condition is that the person may either have difficulty or an inability to lift his toes or foot below the ankle.


Adam West of Batman Fame Passes Away

Millions of people around the world are coming to grips with the sad news the legendary Adam West has passed away. Adam West was, of course, the man who donned the cartoonish cape and cowl in the 1960’s Batman television series.


West passed away at age 88 after battling leukemia. Although the Batman television series only aired for three seasons, the programmed lived on in syndication and cable television for decades. West’s campy portrayal of Batman is among the most memorable of all portrayals in television history. Although he was not the first person to play Batman in a live-action setting and he definitely was not the last, Adam West is the actor most associated with the role.


Children grew up watching the reruns of the series, a program designed more for lighthearted comedy as opposed to the dark, grim origins the Dark Knight found in the comics. The Batman program of the 1960’s was perfect for the time period. Unfortunately, the series was short-lived since it became part of a fad.


After the series ended, Adam West found acting roles limited although he did an enormous number of live appearances through the 1970’s.


Over the past two decades, West has received greater appreciation for his performance as Batman. Very few actors could have made Batman as memorable as West. He truly captured the fun theme of the show, which did require really having a pulse for what the audiences wanted at the time.


Adam West definitely did not slow down in his later years. Appearances on Family Guy and lending his voice to animated projects kept him busy and in the public eye. He will be surely missed by legions of fans.



Duda Melzer Assumes Executive Presidency Position of the RBS Group

On Tuesday, Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer assumed the Executive Presidency of RBS Group position during an event that had illustrious presences. According to Melzer, also known as Duda Melzer, it was a dream come true. Since 2004, Eduardo Melzer has been rising in ranks from the position of Director General for the National Market where he performed exemplary and got promoted to be the Vice President of Market Business and Development. After a couple of years, he assumed the Executive Vice President position at RBS Group, a position he has served with diligence and commitment until now he has been named the Executive President.

According to Valor, Nelson Sirtosky, the outgoing president and uncle to Eduardo Melzer, said that he is confident that Melzer will carry on the good work that he had started. In his inaugural speech, Eduardo affirmed that for the two years he has been the Vice President he has been molded, and with the 12 years of experience, he will live to the values and principles that form the solid base of the group. He added that he would closely follow his grandfather’s strategies to accompany technological development in the company’s dealings. However, Eduardo promised that he will not use the technology as an alternate of human resource, but will combine both to form a more potent force for the success of the company.

Nelson said that he will be on the back to support the organizational plans as well as the new CEO. Eduardo Melzer pledged to commit himself to making sure that RBS Group will be a safe place for each individual with interest in the group. Eduardo promised to increase profitability index of this family business, and he said he would welcome positive critics from the stakeholders. Eduardo pointed out that he will tirelessly link with other media companies to increase relevance in San Catarina and the Rio Grande do su Rio. You can subscribe on Youtube.

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