Abraham Ford: Professional Wrestler?

Fans of The Walking Dead might be surprised to learn that professional wrestler Matt Morgan was considered for the part of Abraham Ford.


And from his description, he got pretty close, too. “I auditioned for that part [of Abraham] and I was all but told that it was mine,” Morgan explained, and described how he spent a holiday season at his brother’s house isolated from the rest of his family because he was busy trying to learn his lines for the role. When he got the call saying that he had not, in fact, been chosen to play the character, he admits that he became “bitchy” and refused to watch the show as a form of bitter protest.


Introduced between the Governor and All Out War arcs of the zombie themed television series, Abraham was a popular character among the fanbase. A mustachioed Texan, he managed to bring a combination of pathos and humor to the dark program. Eventually he was killed off at the beginning of season seven, taken out by current main villain Negan and his beloved baseball bat, Lucille. Nevertheless, rumors abound that the character will appear soon on Fear the Walking Dead, a show that exists within the same universe but set earlier in the timeline, when the zombie apocalypse was only beginning (and thus, when Abraham was still alive).


Morgan’s loss was a gain for Michael Cudlitz, a veteran actor. Given how well he managed to play the part, many fans are probably willing to forgive the show’s creators for stiffing Morgan, especially since the wrestler seems like an odd choice for the character.


Other professional wrestlers have proven to be good actors, however, most notable Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as “The Rock.” For his part, Morgan has managed to get roles in Death from Above and The Good Guys, but has not had the sort of success that Johnson has.


Tech Company Talk Fusion Opens Up In India

A new office in India (New Delhi) marks even more international expansion for the fast growing app Talk Fusion. Started a decade ago, the company has grown to be around the world. They boast the top spot in app stores in countries like Indonesia and Japan thanks to their easy to use interface for video technology.


Ranging from social to business uses, Talk Fusion has thrived under its leadership by Bob Reina, the current CEO. Reina thinks India is the next disruptive area in their video tech arena. Talk Fusion offers unique value in that users can connect with their email lists like never before. They can select from templates that are premade, embed videos, hold conferences, and even live chat.


With a free 30-day trial to kick things off, first time users are able to experience the benefits of the app risk-free. One of the most unique parts about Talk Fusion is their compensation plan. Associates, who receive commission for selling the service, are paid instantly (within minutes). In countries like India, this is especially helpful for allowing them to take care of their bills as they are working hard to share the technology with friends, coworkers, and new customers.


The new center in New Delhi will act as a training hub. The company hopes to attract even more bright talent. India is one of the fastest growing market for technology, making them optimistic about the new facility.


Talk Fusion was founded in 2007 by Bob Reina. He was working as a police officer at the time. He simply wanted to send a video in a file to his buddy via email. However, due to AOL’s restrictions he couldn’t. Right then he realized an opportunity to help people by solving what he assumed was a common problem. The rest was history.


Since then, Talk Fusion has grown to become a hugely successful tech company that provides quality video marketing services to people all around the world. The company also gives back to various causes like shelters for women, children, and animals. Reina says it is all part of the Talk Fusion philosophy of doing good in the world. Learn more: https://video-chat.talkfusion.com/

DiCaprio to Star in Next Tarantino Flick?

Rumors have it that auteur director Quentin Tarantino has a special part written in his next movie for Leonardo DiCaprio, and there have reportedly also had talks with Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt for parts as well.


The film in question is currently untitled, but people involved are apparently referring to it simply as “#9,” in reference to this being Tarantino’s ninth film. It is going to be based on the famous Manson murders in the 1970s, when a cult lead by Charlie Manson killed several Hollywood notables as part of a bizarre plan to start a race war.


Of course, fans of Tarantino should not expect the movie to be very historically accurate; this is the man who, in his film Inglourious Basterds, depicted a group of Jewish-American soldiers successfully assassinating Adolf Hitler in 1944. (Uh, spoiler alert.) Reportedly this new film will also be somewhat similar to that Inglourious Basterds because Manson, like Hitler in that film, will only be a minor character despite his major influence on events.


It is unknown what parts DiCaprio, Jackson or Pitt might play in the film, though actress Margot Robbie has supposedly been approached to play Sharon Tate, one of the murder victims. No casting information has been confirmed for anyone, however.


The film was going to be made with the Weinstein Company, but Tarantino has opted to break ties with them due to the recent controversy surrounded its ousted founder Harvey Weinstein. The film is currently being passed around to different studios, but nevertheless the word is that Tarantino wants to start production of it as soon as possible.


Compared to Tarantino’s other films, the Manson flick is said to be stylistically like Pulp Fiction but has a budget closer to Django Unchained. Its scope will be larger than his most recent film, The Hateful Eight, which makes sense given the subject matter.

Romero’s Son Announces “Rise of the Living Dead”

Cameron Romero, son of the late George Romero, has announced that he is set to create a prequel to his father’s zombie films.


The younger Romero has been pushing for this project since 2014, when he managed to raise $30,000 through crowdfunding. He has called the film “a love letter to my dad.”


George Romero, who died on July 16 of this year, made 15 movies over the course of a career that lasted 40 years. His most lasting influence is certainly with his zombie movies, however. Beginning in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, he moved on to Dawn of the Dead in 1978, then Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.


While not all are beloved by fans, the first two especially created the modern concept of the zombie. Although the term existed before—in Haitian folklore it refers to a corpse that a voodoo practitioner resurrects to serve as a slave—Romero invented virtually everything that the average viewer knows about the genre: the very concept of them eating people, the shambling, the mass rise of thousands or more at once, and so on. His depictions vary in form and theme, but virtually every version of zombies in popular culture since can trace their roots to Night of the Living Dead.


According to Cameron Romero, the new film had the working title of simply Origins, but will now be called Rise of the Living Dead. It will focus on scientist Ryan Cartwright and be set in late 1962, before the events of Night of the Living Dead. After the Cuban Missile Crisis almost brought nuclear annihilation, Cartwright is tasked with finding a way to restore the dead to life. In the process, he will accidentally bring about the first zombie and cause a very different kind of apocalypse.

Daniel Day-Lewis Explains His Decision to Retire

Daniel Day-Lewis has had a long and distinguished career in acting, but last June he announced plans to retire after his next film. Now, he’s finally come out and explained why he is doing it.

Day-Lewis’ big break was the 1982 epic Gandhi, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and has since won Best Actor for My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989), There Will Be Blood (1997) and Lincoln (2012). He was also nominated for In the Name of the Father (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002).

His last film, set for release on Christmas Day of this year, is Phantom Thread, a drama about the world of fashion in 1950’s London. It and he are already considered shoe-in for Oscar nominations.

He has thought about retiring before, often while taking long breaks between projects. He says that usually, he would rewatch his old films and be inspired to continue. Apparently, he now finds himself with no real desire to watch this new movie that he is starring in, which he takes as a sign that his passion is gone.

He describes showing his son, who has an interest in musical composition, Tous Les Matins du Monde, which is about the French composer Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, and compared its view of art to his own.

“I dread to use the overused word ‘artist,’ but there’s something of the responsibility of the artist that hung over me,” he said. “I need to believe in the value of what I’m doing. The work can seem vital. Irresistible, even. And if an audience believes it, that should be good enough for me. But, lately, it isn’t.”

Beyond that, he says that he cannot easily explain his decision to retire, but feels it deeply. Certainly, he will be dearly missed.

“Black Lightning” Teaser Now Available

The highly anticipated “Arrowverse” crossover (of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl) has included a brief teaser for the upcoming DC Comics/CW series Black Lightning, which is set to premiere next year.

Lasting only about six seconds, it shows the main character, Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams), standing in the rain. A close-up of his face shows that electricity seems to be crackling within his eyes.

“People out there need me,” his voice-over declares. “Black Lightning is back.”

This line references something that had already been announced—that in this story, Black Lightning begins as a retired superhero, but one who is quickly forced to throw himself back into the fight. He is opposed to The One Hundred, a vicious gang led by the albino villain Tobias Whale (played by Marvin “Krondon” Jones III).

This concept of Black Lightning as an older, retired superhero separates him from the other CW superhero protagonists, all of whom begin their stories in their twenties and inexperienced. Also different is that he has a family—ex-wife Lynn (played by Christine Adams) and daughters Jennifer and Anissa (played China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams, respectively).

Apparently, Pierce retired from heroics nine years before the series began, worried that his actions were putting a strain on his loved ones. He has since taken up a normal job as principal of a charter high school. The show will use non-linear storytelling in order to flesh out his history as a superhero, juxtaposing it to his modern day storyline about resuming his old mantle.

The show has currently been described as not part of the shared “Arrowverse” continuity; however, the same was originally said for Supergirl, so that may change in the future.

Black Lightning has an interesting history as a character, being DC Comics’ first headlining black superhero (though John Stewart, one of the Green Lanterns, was their first black superhero period).

“Walking Dead” Crossover Character Revealed

Back in October, the creators of The Walking Dead and its prequel/spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead began to tease that one character would cross over from the former to the latter. After weeks of waiting, we finally know that Morgan Jones (played by Lennie James) will be the character to appear in both series.

Before the reveal, the most popular guess was Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), a popular character who has already been killed on the parent show. Since Fear the Walking Dead takes place earlier in the timeline of the zombie apocalypse, this would not present an issue, and Cudlitz has openly said that he would love to reprise his role. (He has, in fact, in a flashback scene.)

Morgan was not a popular guess, but he makes sense. He appeared in the early parts of The Walking Dead, but then disappeared until “Clear,” an episode near the end of season 3; that means that there is plenty of time when he could have been with the Fear the Walking Dead cast. It is notable that only brief bits of information about Morgan’s whereabouts during the intervening time have been given.

And since the prequel takes place in the past, Morgan can continue to appear in the parent show even as he joins the spin-off cast as well. Indeed, in his Talking Dead announcement about the crossover, showrunner Scott Gimple implies that what Morgan is doing in the current time period has a direct relationship with the story that they are going to tell about him back in the Fear the Walking Dead series.

“Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead season 8 positioned him for the story on Fear,” he explained.

With these tantalizing clues, fans are no doubt looking forward to finding out more and seeing how Morgan’s new part plays out.

James Cameron Brags About Almost Attacking Harvey Weinstein

In a recent interview, famed director James Cameron claims that he almost attacked Harvey Weinstein during the 1998 Academy Awards Ceremony, saying that he nearly beat the media mogul with his newly awarded Oscar.

He made these comments in a recent Vanity Fair story celebrating the 20th anniversary of Titanic.

Before you ask, no, it was not about Weinstein’s recently publicized treatment of female employees, which has made the once celebrated producer a pariah in Hollywood; rather, Cameron took offense at Weinstein’s treatment of Guillermo del Toro, Cameron’s fellow filmmaker and friend.

“It was happening on the main floor at the [theater],” Cameron said of the incident.

“And the music had started to play to get back in our seats. The people around us were saying, ‘Not here! Not here!’ Like it was okay to fight in the parking lot, you know, but it was not okay there when the music was playing, and they were about to go live.”

Weinstein had begun, in Cameron’s words, “glad-handling” him, and Cameron began criticized Weinstein for the executive meddling that del Toro received during the making of Mimic, the Mexican director’s first American production. It almost became his last—del Toro has described the making of that film as the second worst thing to happen to him during the 1990s, a decade which also including the kidnapping of his father.

As you can imagine, tact and subtlety are not Cameron’s strong points; indeed, he is known to be very difficult to work with himself. Nevertheless, he has had great success in the art of filmmaking, directing blockbusters like Aliens, Terminator 2 and The Abyss before achieving mega-success with 1997’s Titanic. It wound up the highest grossing movie of all time, only to be dethroned years later by another of Cameron’s films, Avatar.

Cameron is currently working on sequels to the latter film.

Day Day-Lewis Sad About His Acting Swan Song

Simply from an awards-based perspective, actor Daniel Day-Lewis ranks as one of the greatest actors in history. He’s won three Academy Awards for Best Actor, most recently in 2012. However, his manager announced back in June that the actor will be retiring after what’s now scheduled to be his final film, “Phantom Thread,” which is scheduled to open on Christmas Day.

That movie is being directed by Paul Thomas Andersen, who directed Day-Lewis in his 2007 Oscar-winning role in “There Will Be Blood.” Prior to the announcement, the only person aware that Day-Lewis would be retiring was his wife, Rebecca Miller. While he’s made the decision, he still remains uncertain about how to explain the reasons behind it.

Having been bitten by the acting bug when he was just 12 years old, Day-Lewis indicated that his uncertain life at that time was being salvaged by his ability to perform. Over the decades that have followed, his attention to the craft has clearly been recognized.

Day-Lewis was known for taking long breaks between the film roles he accepted, something that he indicates was connected to previous considerations about possibly retiring. Those instances were always put on hold when he was offered a role that he was eager to embrace. By making his plans public, he believes that it will be able to offer a strong indication that he won’t be changing his mind in the years ahead.

Despite having made that decision, Day-Lewis said that he feels sadness about the drastic upcoming change in his life. He hasn’t decided exactly what route his future will take, with one report indicating that he would be moving into the fashion world. That rumor was largely connected to the fact that his new movie has fashion and design as its main theme.

Day-Lewis himself has indicated that he might like to take up boxing, though not from a professional standpoint, given that he turned 60 years old in April.

How Young People Can Prepare for Retirement

It is important to start preparing for retirement early. Even if you are young, you should be preparing for retirement. There is no reason to push it off. Many young people are starting to realize that. However, not all of them are doing it the right way. Many are preparing for retirement the wrong way. David Giertz has some tips for young people who want to prepare for retirement.

First of all, look at your financial situation and make sure that everything is in order. You need to make sure that your debts are paid off. You need to make sure that you are on stable financial ground. If you have debt, whether it is student loans or a loan for your car, make sure to pay it off. That is the first step when preparing for retirement.

It is also a good idea to do compound interest. This way, you can keep earning more and more money. After many years, if you start early enough, you will be left with a lot more money than you imagined.

Another idea is to start a side gig. This can be freelance or otherwise something that you do in your spare time, besides your job. It is just a good idea to have a steady income stream that does not have to do with your job. This way, you are more secure when you retire.

David Giertz has been helping many people in the financial world for a long time. He has over thirty years of experience in the financial world. He was the President of Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution program. He is a certified coach with WABC. David Giertz was also a financial services advisor to CitiGroup, as well as an Executive Vice President of Sales.

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