3 ultimate roles of Chloe Grace Moretz!

The 5th Wave is one of them movies that just seemingly suddenly appeared with little promotion, especially here in the UK. Expectations for its success is minimal, but it does have one advantage. Rapidly rising female actress, Chloe Grace Moretz. Any visible limitations as far as emotional range is yet to be founded in her, which is what makes her interesting as far as the acting profession goes. Much in the same way that Welsh actor, Christian Bale has proven time and time again. It is not known how well the box office potential is for the 5th Wave, but even if it sinks without a trace in just a matter of weeks talented actors and actresses have been known to bounce back with a bang, albeit with a careful master plan. (Yes, Ben Affleck is in mind here.)

It is a rarity to witness an actor who is determined not to be typecasted and is willing to go out of their comfort zone, and while it is going to be challenging, let’s explore some of Chloe Moretz’ ultimate roles!

1. Kick Ass

Sure, she had a helping hand in delivering the pantomime, thanks to Aaron Taylor Johnson, but Moretz’ Hit Girl became the main attraction of this film. Her role was much more physical and had a sense of being more significant than Johnson’s Kick Ass. The tone of the movie was a little unbalanced, but this was sometimes to Moretz’ advantage, who was allowed to show a bit of everything in one picture. And let’s not forget that it was undoubtedly her most shocking role yet, as the screenplay intentionally employed excessive cursing which was not limited to any particular actor or actress involved, including the early teenage thespian. Whether it shocked you or made you laugh, the one thing that the character of Hit Girl did do successfully was make an impression!

2. Let Me In

Scowled at for being a remake of the Swedish modern vampire classic, Let The Right One in, Let Me In was directed by Matt Reeves. Understandably, the former director of Under Siege 2 wasn’t given much of a chance to make a decent effort but the Hammer movie turned out better than expected! Personally, the author here did not think too much of the original and found it rather wooden, littered with poor acting by both leads. However, Chloe Moretz delivered a very emotional performance that significantly lifted the Hollywood redo in terms of pure entertainment and general competence, while still retaining the substance that worked for many. Far different from her other earlier roles, Let Me In isn’t one for viewers who wish to watch something that will make them feel good. It’s a horror flick that contains many layers that ends with a conclusion that is obscure and can provoke thought for days.

3. If I Stay

If I Stay was made more for the teenage girl crowd who loves nothing more than to sit with a box of tissues and weep over both the romantic and tragic aspects of the narrative. If you think that sentence was a little sexist then you should know that the novel it was based on is also aimed at the younger generation of females. Nevertheless, while If I Stay may bore the pants off alpha males, the dramatic theme was another opportunity for Chloe to seize. And seize, she did. Having already attested to the fact that she can play emotional roles with ease, perhaps leaving the likes of more superficial roles as she gets older may be a wise choice because she is clearly above starring in your bare average Summer film.

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Virtual Reality: Hype or Disruptive Technology

By: Jordan Gregory

YHP-Gregory1It is official; I declare 2016 the year of the nerd. We now dominate the world! In the modern age of technology, everyone is always looking for the next cool app, viral video or brand new tech gadget coveted by the masses. The next big thing: Virtual Reality or VR for short. This technology is about to hit the scene in a massive way!

When I say those two magic words, most people hear “The Matrix.” Now you might be picturing a future where humanity has been enslaved by a society of advanced robotic AI programs. I guarantee you this will not be the case, for now, when Oculus Rift rolls out their cutting edge headset in March. Samsung released their Gear VR Headset before Christmas and it did sell out.

Most of my friends start foaming at the mouth when they talk about video gaming in a virtual reality environment. It is exciting to think that one day soon I will become fully immersed in a massive world like Skyrim or take up the mantle of an Assassin working against Abstergo Industries. As a gamer, I fully understand the berserker state that people are going into just to get their hands on a device.

While the mass adoption rate of VR in the short-term remains unknown, the long-term prospects point to it becoming an essential household device. Virtual Reality will change how we conduct our lives much like the invention of the computer or the smartphone. There is no part of society that will be left untouched by this technological leap.

Pioneers have already started working on applications in the field of education, storytelling, travel, manufacturing, architecture, real estate, therapy, adult entertainment and so much more.

Advances in medical education and training could speed up the learning process. As a medical student, you can learn and practice in a virtual environment, adjusting parameters, circumstances and injuries. This could save lives because of the access to new training tools.

Planning on attending a college, but not sure which one to pick? YouVisit has made it possible to tour colleges in Virtual Reality, without ever leaving your house. Feeling adventurous? Thanks to YouVisit, stopping for a quick tour of Machu Picchu and jumping over to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia is as easy as putting on a headset.

Relocating for a job is a common occurrence these days requiring multiple trips to your future home to explore the area and research your real estate options. Soon you’ll be able to explore a new city and potential homes virtually. You may even purchase a home before you setting a physical foot in the house. Imagine all the time you will save on traveling. Trust me, you need every minute for packing up your belongings.

There are many undiscovered applications for this new technology. It remains to be seen how consumers will adopt and use the medium. What I find most thrilling is the idea that people are out there pushing the boundaries of what it means to experience VR. Take notice now, because the world will look completely different in the next 10 to 15 years.

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Dick Van Dyke Turns 90 December 13, 2015. A Tribute

Dick-90Dick Van Dyke is probably one of Hollywood’s most illustrious personalities.  I won’t use the word famous.  He is not sought out for interviews and neither do you see his name in the rag sheets that you see at the supermarket while in line.  Dick Van Dyke is illustrious for exactly the opposite.  He has led a good quality life while giving us good quality entertainment.

Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925.  It was a Sunday, which is interesting in the fact that he would eventually teach Sunday school and write a book about the experience.  But I think it means more than that.  Dick Van Dyke opted to make movies he could bring his family to see.  So Sunday values were part of his career.

This article is not a short biography.  If you want that you can easily look that up on Wikipedia.  This is meant more as tribute to a man who has affected my life in a very positive way and I believe he still affects me and others to this day.

My first recollection of Dick Van Dyke would have been the film version of Bye Bye Birdie.  Bye Bye Birdie was a musical farce that was based on the real story of Elvis Presley being drafted into the army. Van Dyke had the lead role, which was the song writer for Birdie, he also played the role in the Broadway production.  What I remember most was his singing of a song that has become a standard called “Put On A Happy Face”.  It was duet he sang with Janet Leigh of Psycho fame.  The song had some great special effects in the film, but also was upbeat and yes happy.  It is a song I can still turn to when I feel sad or depressed.

My next recollection only comes in pieces.  Van Dyke played Rob Petrie in a sit com called The Dick Van Dyke Show.  The ongoing story was a comedy about a man who had to balance both work and home.  Van Dyke loved to do physical comedy and was a big fan of Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame.  You can see much of Laurel in the physical comedy that Van Dyke did in his show.  I was pre-school when this show was on so I did not see much of it then.  But in re-runs I’ve probably seen each episode about 50 times.  The show is timeless and so the comedy holds up today as well as it did when it was first aired in the early 1960s.

Drum roll please!  My biggest early recollection of Dick Van Dyke is probably the same of almost everyone that is reading this story.  Dick Van Dyke left his mark on all of us when he played Burt, the chimney sweep, in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.  I would not call many movies perfect.  Mary Poppins is one of the perfect films.  It had it all, music, comedy, drama, and a story with a moral that both adults and children can relate too.  In that film Dick Van Dyke made an impression that is still being felt by both young and old alike.  In fact he also has the lines at the end that makes the point of the entire film.

Next comes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the story of the magic flying car that every kid loved to see.  Van Dyke played Characticus Potts a poor inventor who buys a beat up old car and turns it into a magnificent machine that can float fly and guide itself to its destination.  The film had some great songs and was fun to watch.  The story line had the same main emphasis though, the idea of how large a the role of the father plays in the growth of children.

Van Dyke went on to do more comedies for Disney as well as other studios.  I remember them vaguely but not with as much gratitude and joy that I feel as I have with the work mentioned above.

Dick Van Dyke today is still an inspiration to me.  When he was younger he overcame an issue with alcohol which in itself is amazing.  In the last few years he has been in all three of The Night At The Museum movie series with Adam Sandler.

When Mary Poppins, the Broadway stage show made it to Los Angelas he took a small part in the show.  Recently he has worked with some young men who call themselves Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix.  They record as well as do live performances.  This group also performed live at the San Diego Comic Con this year.  They were on the floor of the convention center, not on a pay to see stage venue.  This year he danced in a music video by Dustbowl Revival in a song called Never Had To Go.  You can catch the video on YouTube.

Dick Van Dyke will have spent his Birthday Party at Disneyland.  At 12:45 his singing group performs.  At around two o’clock a birthday parade, at 4:45 a Let’s Go Fly A Kite sing along, at 8:45 he is honored in the Paint the Night Parade as well as the fireworks display at 9:30.  Mr Van Dyke is not relaxing on his Birthday.

I feel a debt of gratitude and honor toward Mr. Dick Van Dyke.  He makes me happy.  He has put family values first.  He has shown us that old age can be a magnificent time of life, and he has given me and many others a life time of memories.  Happy Birthday Dick May God Bless You.

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Ed “Big Daddy” Roth: Kustom Kar Hot Rod Artist

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001)
By 1958, as described on his official website, “Ed became Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, a hot-roddin’, gear head, mad scientist, and struggling artist who financed his inventions by selling drawings and t-shirts at drag events, fairs, and car shows. Big Daddy Roth would draw cartoons of monsters that he created and pictures of cars, but when he personally airbrushed t-shirts with the monsters driving the cars, people went crazy and would line up at his booth.”RatSurfiteeHis band band was called “Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos,” featuring Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

By the late 1960s, he became friends with several ‘outlaw biker gangs’ and they influenced his style; he added the ‘Iron Cross’ to his repertoire and took/sold pictures of himself and the bikers at road and car shows. Although he did periodically pay some of his subjects, many felt he was taking financial advantage of them. They eventually attacked his garage, gang style, and Ed suggested that he and the gang president settle the fight one-on-one. Big Daddy won the fight, helped the other guy up, and later took most biker art and memorabilia out of his life. In his decade of prominence, he was able to represent the anti-establishment very well, yet at the same time achieved incredible mainstream success in his field(s).

Kustom Kar Culture
Kustom Kar culture had begun in the early-mid 1950s.

The car the T-Birds built in the musical Grease (Greased Lightning) would have been a K Kar.GreasedLighting

American Graffiti’s converted 1932 Ford (built by Paul LeMat aka John Milner )1932Ford

The Munstermobile (by Barris Kustom, 3 Model T’s and a hearse) and even the 1966 Batmobile was 1955 Lincoln Futura bought for a dollar ($1) from Ford by George Barris of Barris Kustom City a few years earlier.Munsters
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Ed Roth’s Orbitron custom car was thought to be lost forever. Photo by Jerry Thompson.Orbitronby_Jerry_ThompsonThe story of how it was recently found and restored by the team at Galpin Auto Sports.

More about Ed Roth
Official website: https://www.ratfink.com/

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of James Dean’s Porsche

James-Dean

(PCM) As we look back on the tragic passing of 24-year old actor James Dean, who died as a result of injuries suffered during a car accident on September 30, 1955, there has been some new light shed on the mysterious disappearance of his Porsche Spyder that was involved in the horrific crash. There has been a long-standing rumor that the car, which Dean nicknamed “Little Bastard” is cursed as several strange incidents have occurred surrounding the car and its’ internal and external parts.

Right after the accident, the car is said to have rolled off the back of a tow truck crushing the legs of a mechanic who was standing nearby and when the car was broken down into parts and sold to buyers all over the country, even more strange incidents began to occur. The car’s engine, transmission and tires were all placed into other cars that were each involved in deadly crashes, and a truck carrying the Spyder’s chassis to a highway-safety exhibition skidded off the road, killing its driver. Since that time period, the additional remains of the car have mysteriously vanished from the accident scene and they have yet to be seen again.  That is perhaps until now, as a new mystery man has come forward and revealed that he may just know the whereabouts of Dean’s cursed “Little Bastard”.

During the 50th anniversary remembrance of Dean’s death back in 2005, Chicago’s Volo Auto Museum offered up a reward of $1 million to anyone who was willing to come forward with information about the cars whereabouts and allow them to purchase. The museum has received many tips over the years, but have thus far still been unable to locate the actual car, however just this year a man from Whatcom County, Washington contacted the museum and revealed that when he was a young boy in the 1960’s he witnessed a car being hidden behind the false wall of a building. The man’s story was incredibly detailed and he even recalled cutting his hand on a part of the vehicle at the time.

The man was asked to submit to a polygraph test and passed, however he does not own the building and has zero claim on the car that could be resting inside. Currently, the location is still being kept secret and both the man and the museum are trying work out some sort of agreement in regards to the $1 million in reward cash. There is no official paperwork on the table in regards to who actually owns the car and the museum is trying desperately to hash out the ownership issues so, that they can finally possibly unearth the car. We certainly hope this mystery can finally come to an end!

Details Surrounding The Death Of James Dean ( via History.com)

At 5:45 PM on this day in 1955, 24-year-old actor James Dean is killed in Cholame, California, when the Porsche he is driving hits a Ford Tudor sedan at an intersection. The driver of the other car, 23-year-old California Polytechnic State University student Donald Turnupseed, was dazed but mostly uninjured; Dean’s passenger, German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich was badly injured but survived. Only one of Dean’s movies, “East of Eden,” had been released at the time of his death (“Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” opened shortly afterward), but he was already on his way to superstardom–and the crash made him a legend.

James Dean loved racing cars, and in fact he and his brand-new, $7000 Porsche Spyder convertible were on their way to a race in Salinas, 90 miles south of San Francisco. Witnesses maintained that Dean hadn’t been speeding at the time of the accident–in fact, Turnupseed had made a left turn right into the Spyder’s path–but some people point out that he must have been driving awfully fast: He’d gotten a speeding ticket in Bakersfield, 150 miles from the crash site, at 3:30 p.m. and then had stopped at a diner for a Coke, which meant that he’d covered quite a distance in a relatively short period of time. Still, the gathering twilight and the glare from the setting sun would have made it impossible for Turnupseed to see the Porsche coming no matter how fast it was going.

 

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Famous Canine Actor Uggie Dead After Battle With A Prostate Tumor

Uggie

(PCM) Hollywood is mourning the death of on of their most beloved canine actors. 13-year old Jack Russell terrier Uggie has sadly passed away after a battle with a prostate tumor. Uggie’s illustrious Hollywood career included award-winning acting roles and even a published memoir.

Uggie’s most famous roles include a large appearance in the 2011 award-winning film “The Artist”, as well as additional memorable roles in film such as “Water For Elephants” and “The Campaign”. Uggie’s performance in “The Artist” won him a Golden Collar Award and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm Dog Award. Those are considered the world’s top honors for canine actors in the industry. Uggie was also video game company Nintendo’s first-ever spokesdog during their promotion of the popular Nintendo DS game “Nintendogs & Cats”.

Uggie’s memoir titled “My Story” was published in 2012 after Uggie retired from acting. Imprints of his paws are in the iconic cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. According to his Wikipedia page “Uggie was rejected by at least his first two owners as being too wild. He was about to be sent to a dog pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends alerted him to the dog. Von Muller intended only to foster the dog while he found him a new home, but decided that Uggie should stay. He said of the dog, “He was a crazy, very energetic puppy, and who knows what would have happened to him if he [had] gone to the dog pound. But he was very smart and very willing to work. One of the most important thing is that he was not afraid of things. That is what makes or breaks a dog in the movies, whether they are afraid of lights, and noises and being on sets. He gets rewards, like sausages, to encourage him to perform, but that is only a part of it. He works hard.” When not working, Uggie lived in North Hollywood with Von Muller, Von Muller’s wife and Von Muller’s 6-year-old daughter. There are six other dogs in the household, all of whom work in the film industry.

Our sincere condolences go out to Uggie’s family.

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