Sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey has Release Dates

The film, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, was released early this year and faced some controversy. Bigger than the controversy, however, the film did really well in the box office over the Valentine’s Day holiday. Despite its popularity with repressed middle aged women, however, critics gave the film terrible reviews. It currently stands at a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and is rated 4.2 stars out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database. No matter the critics reviews, the fans are crying out for more of “Grey”.

According to the story on Collider.com, both sequels will be released near Valentine’s Day, like the first one. The second film, “Fifty Shades Darker” is due to hit theaters on February 10, 2017. The third film, “Fifty Shades Freed” has a scheduled release date of February 9, 2018.

Although the sequels will be similar, there will be some changes from the first film. The director of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not be directing the sequels. According to Madison Street Capital, Taylor-Johnson and “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James did not see eye-to-eye with each other during the creative process. Screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who penned the first film, will not be back either. James will be hiring her husband, author Niall Leonard, to pen the second screenplay.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to be released on DVD and Blue Ray on May 8th this year.

The Demise of Superman Lives is Revealed

Whatever happened to that screenplay that adapted the comic book story arc “The Death of Superman”? A new documentary reveals the answer.

Titled “Superman Lives”, the unmade film was given serious consideration by Warner Bros. and almost moved into production. Then, the project stalled for reasons never fully explained. In the new documentary, “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?”, a glimpse is taken into the events that led to the unfortunate collapse of the film.

“Superman Lives” was supposed to be directed in the late 1990’s by Tim Burton. Burton was coming off the massive success of the first two Batman films and turning over the reigns of the Superman film to him made perfect sense. Nicholas Cage was cast to star as Superman and, honestly, this was a ludicrous decision. Test photos of Cage dressed up as Superman have circulated for years and they look terrible. He did make a great Ghost Rider.

A common assumption about “Superman Lives” is it never moved past the development stage. In the documentary, we learn a green light to start shooting began. The film was very, very close to shooting. Of course, that never happened. In this new documentary, we begin to learn the reasons why.

Had this documentary not been made, the answers to those question would never have been discovered. Instead, “Superman Lives” would have remained a long forgotten film only remembered by die hard movie fans.

Matt Landis is totally into Batman. (His personal website)

Now, the tale is going to be told.

Norway Says Goodbye to FM

The end of an era has arrived, at least in the country of Norway is concerned. The FM dial is going to be no more. Norway is doing away with FM radio. Sadly, there are scores upon scores of people in Norway (and around the world) who won’t miss it. How can you miss something you never had? People just don’t listen to radio, AM or FM, as much as they once did. As such, no real surprises are going to be found in the demise of FM. Norway is the first and will certainly not be the last.

The FM dial has not gone silent just yet. 2017 is slated to be the year everything comes to an end. Don’t look for the next two years of the radio industry in Norway to be a fun and festive one. More than likely, the next two years will feature everyone in the radio industry scrambling to get a new job.

Folks like Mark Ahn are left wondering: Where are they all going to be headed? To the world of digital radio. Perhaps the transition will be smooth. The same radio station could move its broadcasting to digital distribution channels without much of a personnel or listenership shakeup.

As the old saying goes, one should look for positives in news that is somewhat bad. In this case, the loss of FM listeners could open other doors. Online streaming and satellite radio could present scores of new opportunities to reach larger audiences across the globe.

The Vitamins You Take Might Be Giving You Cancer

Vitamins are often used to as a way to supplement a healthy lifestyle by giving your body the nutrients it misses with regular meals. However, there is a startling new investigation into a previous study suggests these dietary supplements might actually be extremely harmful to your health, even possibly causing cancer.

Dr. Tim Byers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center declared that vitamins do not decrease your risk of cancer. And, results from studies relating to these supplements have found links between common ingredients such as folic acid and a greater risk of breast cancer in woman, for example.

Interestingly, the results were discovered when researching in hopes of documenting the positive health benefits related to an increase in essential nutrients. Needless to say, they were surprised to see an increase in cancer related to the use of these popular dietary supplements confirmed Brad Reifler in a Reuters blog.

A study released in the journal JAMA, also reported a scary increase in cancer when evaluating over 35,000 men who were ingesting high doses of Vitamin E. The 2011 study claimed there was a 17% increase of the deadly disease when this supplement was taken in excess.

So, the recent research might be a good reason to stop throwing money away on vitamins found at your local drug store and replace the nutritional values with lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

Hulk Team-Ups are a MCU Possibility

The complexities of making a solo Incredible Hulk film are such Mark Ruffalo might not ever get his own feature. Universal owns the rights to all solo endeavors. Marvel Studios does, however, retain the rights to release team-up films with The Hulk. Mark Ruffalo is signed on to appear in four more Hulk projects and this leads to a lot of speculation about who he will team with. We do know the “Emerald Goliath” appears in at least one of the Avengers: Infinity War movies, but what other ensemble films are going to showcase Dr. Robert Bruce Banner and his alter ego?

Marvel has been bouncing team-up ideas around quite a bit. Did you know The Hulk was originally slated to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Had the box office results of the first Guardians movie fallen below expectations, the sequel would feature a Guardians/Hulk team-up. Obviously, the Guardians do not need any help selling tickets so don’t look for The Hulk in the sequel.

Fans at STX Entertainment (adweek.com) know that the gimmick of using The Hulk to boost the sales of a hero movie featuring a character who lacks major mainstream appeal is still on the table. Putting The Hulk in a Doctor Strange movie would be a great idea since the original Defenders were Doctor Strange, The Hulk, and The Sub-Mariner. (Netflix, however, owns the rights to The Defenders and will be producing a team-up mini-series with their own Marvel properties)

Anyone remember the old comic books Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One? Maybe we could see a big screen version of those two classics books. The Hulk would be the perfect co-star.

Two Hours of Sitting Nullifies 20 Minutes of Exercise

Twenty minutes of exercise is very good for cardiovascular health and to aid in weight loss, stamina and muscle strength. However, if you sit for two hours after exercising 20 minutes, you have undone all the good you did. The sitting nullified the workout. These recent study finding were published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and also warn us that prolonged sitting nullifies all the health benefits that exercise provides. .

A sedentary lifestyle, even a lifestyle that includes 20 minutes of daily exercise, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and early death. That’s not good news for people who must sit for hours during the workday, but there is a ray of hope. Regular sitting cancels out the benefits of regular exercise, but increased movement and standing throughout the day works hand-in-hand with regular exercise to improve heart health, according to the study findings.
Any movement is good movement and it can be incorporated into your workday without much thought or change. Fidgeting while sitting is beneficial movement. This is what Kevin Seawright tries to do. Walk while talking on the phone, frequently stand up and stretch and make several trips to the water cooler and bathroom throughout the day. Learn a few exercises which can be done while sitting in a chair, like shoulder rolls and arm stretches. Anything that gets you moving is good for your health, even if you sit most of the day.

Judge will not remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 Drugs List

Wednesday, A federal judge in California refused to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs, which are the most dangerous drugs.

Judge Kimberly Mueller issued her ruling in response to a request to lift the drug charges in a case that, according to the authorities, involves a marijuana growing operation.

The case was unusual because the judge decided to consider the designation of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which also includes heroin and LSD and the difference between drugs taken without medical use and those with a high potential for abuse.

The classification of marijuana on that list has been in conflict with federal statutes that have legalized marijuana for medicinal uses, thus resulting in raids.

Defense lawyers argued that marijuana was less harmful than legal drugs and their classification in Schedule 1 was an arbitrary violation of the Constitution. Ricardo Tosto feels like they need to reassess that rule. They added that the government implemented the marijuana laws unevenly, allowing distribution in the states that had it legalized and repressing others.

Prosecutors said that marijuana meets all the requirements for inclusion in Schedule 1 on the grounds that no accepted medical use and has great potential for abuse. They added that the judge had no jurisdiction to consider how marijuana was classified.

Mueller held a hearing about the research for the classification of the drug last year in which experts from the prosecution and the defense testified about marijuana.

The criminal complaint filed in 2011 named 16 defendants with conspiracy to cultivate at least 1,000 plants as part of an operation that included land in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California.

Does Joss Whedon Have a Valid Point?

On April 10, Joss Whedon tweeted his disgust with the content of a recent Jurassic World clip that implied a strong female character was too controlling and weaker than her male counterpart. Whedon referred to the scene as “70’s era sexist” and seemed baffled that a modern writer would still present a woman as “stiff” and a man as more energetic and a “life-force.”

It’s well known that the writer/director of many critically acclaimed science fiction, horror and action shows and films is a feminist. Beyond his work with Can’t Stop the Serenity, which is dedicated to supporting equal rights through advocacy, education and screenings of his film Serenity, Whedon has spoken out repeatedly through his works and interviews about empowering women and putting an end to sexism and misogyny.

Some people, like Sam Tabar, believe Whedon’s point is invalid because modern entertainment is still incredibly sexist. Yet, they seem to have forgotten that just because something is the “norm,” it does not make it right. In the clip, Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Brady, responds to several statements made by Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing with sexual innuendo and jokes about how she is, well, “stiff” and unfunny.

Whedon has since apologized for putting down another creative’s work in a public forum like Twitter since he does not believe that is the appropriate venue, but he stands by his opinion about the scene.

A Great Service For Nothing

Freedompop offers its users something that no other company has been able to offer up until now, and that is free wireless Internet, and free phone service. The originators of Freedompop wanted to be able to help people around the world to be able to access the Internet without having to pay exorbitant prices. They first started with giving out free Internet, and now their services has even gone on to phone service, because now they have been able to offer its users free phone service as well.

Many people get sick of having to pay such high prices to have to have a phone plan. Quite often when a person purchases a phone plan from one of the large phone companies they are going to be stuck in a two-year plan and their only real hope of getting out of that two-year plan would be to pay a very high-price to terminate the plan. With Freedompop all of that is different.
Freedompop offers its customers Internet service that is completely free which is something unheard of, they also offer very good telephone service as well which is appealing to many people. Some people may wonder how is it possible for a company to be able to offer a service that is completely free. In reality the inventors of Freedompop work through the company Sprint, and they are able to buy huge bundles of plans that are very inexpensive. This company does also offers some plans that do come with a fee. Even with the fee that some of their plans offer it is still very inexpensive in comparison to what other companies are charging for their Internet and phone service.

According to this Freedompop review, they also offers some devices that they also charge for. They have a device that works along with a person’s iPod and it can make their iPod into an iPhone. This device is only $99 which is great in comparison with the cost of an iPhone. Freedompop may be a service that seems like it is too good to be true, but in reality it is true. Even though not all of the services that Freedompop offers are free, a person can really save a lot of money by switching to this awesome Internet/phone service.

Save Sweet Briar!

Sweet Briar College is set to receive the legal help it needs in order to stay open. The women’s college located north of Lynchburg, Virginia is scheduled to close later this year due to insurmountable debt. However, alumna from the college are working hard to keep this from happening. Wednesday April 15th will be a day that could change the colleges history as attorneys fight to save the college with an injunction.

The injunction could keep the college open as state officials look into the schools financial past. It could also keep faculty and staff at jobs they never wanted to leave. Most importantly, students will not be forced to transfer out the year before the graduate. Sam Tabar agrees that the saddest part of the school’s closing is that is happened so suddenly. There were no warnings offered by the board of directors or the president. Instead, the decision to close was voted over one weekend when other area colleges claimed to have known months in advance. The school was even hiring new employees weeks before the announcement was made. The fact that there is something fishy going on does not even begin to describe the school’s current situation.

Experts have looked at financial records and nothing states that college will close if these debts are not paid off. Someone is going to benefit from the $900 million endowment set to save the school in an event like this.