Richard Jewell. A Film Based on a True Story.

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There’s a new film coming out this December called, Richard Jewell, that focuses on the story of the security guard at the 1996 summer Olympics that saved people from a terrorist attack only to be wrongfully accused by the press to be the actual terrorist. This was a historic event that happened during the Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. The film is being produced by none other than Clint Eastwood. The first trailer for the film has already dropped. But what’s the real story that has inspired this film?

It was on July 27th at the Centennial Olympic Park that a homemade pipe bomb left in a backpack exploded and killed two people and injuring 112. The FBI determined that the terrorists that planned the attack were of domestic origin rather than international origins. Their attention was also drawn to the security guard, Richard Jewell, who called the police informing them about the mysterious backpack before the bomb went off. The FBI didn’t have any evidence to prove that Jewell was the terrorist, however, Jewell fit one of the personality files they had for the bomber.

The FBI grew frustrated when they could still find no solid evidence against Jewell and eventually leaked to the press that Jewell was, in fact, a prime suspect. The media blew the story out of proportion and began accusing Jewell to be the bomber. The people around the nation believed him to be the bomber as well and a lot of hate was geared toward Jewell. It was during this crazy time that the FBI knew for a fact that Jewell was truly innocent, but they had already struck the match that lit the blazing fire. For about three years the FBI investigated for the true bomber while poor Jewell was sent hate and death threats across the country.

It was finally in 1998 that the true attacker was found. A man named Eric Rudolph who was a passionate opponent of abortion and who also planned a few other bombings at abortion clinics and a gay night club was finally charged with the Centennial bombing. Rudolph wasn’t arrested until 2003 after he went into hiding in the Appalachian Mountains. He was eventually caught and admitted to the four bombings. In 2005 Rudolph was sentenced to multiple life sentences for his attacks.

Jewell’s name was mostly cleared but sadly a good number of people still believed him to be the bomber. Some people claimed he used Rudolph’s other attacks to hide his own or that he was a part of a group that Rudolph was in. In 2007 Jewell died in his home at the young age of 44 years old. His mother, who went through the ordeal with him, believes he died an early death due to the mass hysteria caused by the media and people’s vicious hate towards him. The real story of Jewell can be found on multiple news sites and CBS’s 60 Minutes also has a special on him, so if readers want to see the true story before the film he/she has every opportunity to do so.

Miguel Cervantes’ Daughter Has Passed Away.

 

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Miguel Cervantes, a star from Broadway’s hit show Hamilton, announced the devastating news of his three-year-old daughter passing. It was on Sunday that Cervantes’ wife tweeted about their daughter Adelaide’s passing. Adelaide had a severe form of childhood epilepsy that first began when she was only 7 months old. She suffered seizures and spasms as an infinite and continued to fight until her passing. Her mother posted a picture of her daughter’s empty made up bed and stated that Adelaide passed peacefully in her arms.

The Cervantes brought and will continue to bring awareness to epilepsy. They’ve donated money plenty of times to the charity “My Shot at Epilepsy”. They also state that they will dearly miss their sweet daughter but will work their hardest to inform people about Infantile Spasms and epilepsy. Miguel’s friend and co-worker Lyn Manuel Miranda hasn’t created an official tweet himself, however, he has retweeted his friend’s postings about Adelaide’s passing and the link to donate money to “My Shot at Epilepsy” with big heart emojis. News like this is very heartbreaking to hear and I wish the best for the Cervantes during this difficult time.

Could Disturbed Lead Singer Finally Add Rock to Superbowl?

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     Billboard has recently released a poll on their twitter account “Who Should Sing The National Anthem Before The Superbowl 2020,” and lead singer of Disturbed has decided to throw his hat into the ring. David Draiman has dreamed of singing the National Anthem ever since he was a child. Draiman explains in an interview with Loudwire that he’s always dreamed of this opportunity and would love to perform the song because of his deep love for his country. Draiman’s fans are all for the idea of him singing before the game. Draiman asked fans to add his name in the poll posted by Billboard on the band’s Facebook and Twitter page.

Fans agree that it’s about time that rock was included in one of America’s greatest games. Draiman would be the first rock singer to perform before the big game that will be held in Miami. Fans aren’t the only ones who believe that rock should finally be included. After it was announced that pop singers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would be performing the half time show Dee Snider tweeted out how rock is “the go-to music during games but gets no respect when it comes to the Super Bowl.” He has a point because if anyone has ever been to a game different rock songs can be heard throughout different intervals of the sporting event.

A Joker Film Review.

 

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After seeing the new Joker film myself last night I’m about to go against most critics when I say the film was pretty bad. Yes, the acting and cinematography were intriguing but other than that the movie was too slow and boring. Now, of course, I was not expecting this to be like the typical superhero action film with the explosions, high-speed chases, or epic fight scenes. I knew before watching this film that this version was going to show more of the psychosis of Joker. The film did manage to show several mental problems the Joker had, but that was all it did.

Honestly, I was expecting more wheeling and dealing going on from Joker himself by teaming up with Gotham’s crime lords or being the leader of an anarchy occult, or something, but none of that happened. I don’t want to spoil the film too much but all he does is flit from one scene to the next and has his moments of pure malice and murder. Some of the scenes could have been cut down a bit because dragging them out didn’t add to the plot. I guess the film was trying to show how the Joker has no rhyme or reason to do things causing people to think he just loves to revel in chaos and the film does show a bit of that but for me, it was dumb. I know Joker is crazy and loves chaos, but I feel like I didn’t see that in this film.

      I just saw a character who did manage to cause the city to go crazy but most of the population was already unstable themselves and it had nothing to do with Joker. Most of the city already hated the rich and blamed them for their problems but it was Joker’s first accidental crime that pushed them to all begin to riot. Also, the director said he wanted to help bring awareness to mental health and he did hit the target, but he did not land the bullseye. To me the film made mental illness seem artistic when it’s not nor should it be seen as such. In short, don’t fix what ain’t broke and Joker has never broke.

Pippi’s Long Over Due Return.

 

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Finally, after thirty-one years, Pippi Longstocking is returning to the United States on the big screen. The creators of the Paddington live-action films are going to begin working on a film about the beloved book character written by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a famous energetic and magical redhead girl known for her red pigtails, freckles, and of course stockings. Creators of Paddington are hoping to bring the lively spirit of their Paddington films to their Pippi Longstocking film. As of right now, there is no known release date for this film.

Pippi is mostly famous in Sweden but gained popularity in the U.S. during the 1940s; especially after her 1940 film debut. There have been a few more films about her, the most iconic being the 1988 film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. There have also been two animated series, a few tv movies, and the character had her series back in Sweden. Pippi lives alone in her father’s old home while he sails on the high seas as a sort of pirate explorer. Pippi comes up with her magical games and ways to take care of the house and her two animal friends Alfonso the horse and Mr. Nilsson the monkey.

Pippi’s occupancy in the house draws the attention of the two neighboring children Tommy and Annika who soon become close friends with Pippi. Together they play all sorts of games and go on grand adventures together. But of course, living on your own can draw the attention of certain people; especially when you have pirate treasure hidden somewhere in your home. Thankfully Pippi is clever enough to keep wily thieves away. It’ll be interesting to see Pippi on the big screen after all these years and to see what kind of new twist the Paddington creators could give the classic character.

Aurora Shooting Survivors Discuss There Fears Over New Joker Film.

 

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There’s been a lot of excitement and anticipation with the new and upcoming Joker solo film that will star Joaquin Phoenix. This Joker is set in a timeline before the caped crusader, Batman, was even born. Many theaters across the country will be showing the film once it comes out on October 4th.  However, there is one theater that will not be showing the film at all and with good reason. Seven years ago the Cinemark theater in Aurora, Colorado experienced a deadly mass shooting during a midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises when a deranged man with orange hair who seemed to be a real-life Joker open fired on the innocent viewers inside.

Now the survivors of the tragic ordeal are coming forth to voice their concerns about the release of this new film. Family members who lost their loved ones that night wrote a letter to the Warner Bros. company about their fears and asked them to kindly donate money to gun victim charities. They hope that Warner Bros. will become a responsible corporation to speak out about gun violence and to help those who have suffered like their loved suffered that night. One of the victim’s mothers, Sandy Phillips, admitted that seeing any kind of poster or promo of the film reminds her of the real-life shooter that took her daughter’s life that night. This new Joker appears that it will be darker than the Heath Ledger Joker with its R rated violence.

Because of this Phillips is concerned that another deranged person will connect with this Joker’s mindset and violent behavior and will carry out a mass shooting much like that night. Phillips also explains that it doesn’t help that the number of mass shootings has risen since then. A person could see this film and think of the Colorado shooter and try their hand at gun violence. Phillips admits how this possibility scares her. The theater itself has made no statements but as of right now there or no listings for the film or even pre-show ticket orders. Also, according to a representative at Warner Bros., the letter sent by Phillips and her group hasn’t reached them yet. So until then, they have no comments on the matter.

It should be mentioned that the letter isn’t asking Warner Bros. to not release the film, it only asks them to not donate money to politicians who take money from the NRA. In an interview, Phoenix had to excuse himself after being asked if the film could inspire a mad man to commit gun violence. In a different interview with IGN Phoenix explains that a majority of people know right from wrong and that it’s not the job of a filmmaker to explain morality to the audience. Director Todd Phillips (no relation to the previously mentioned Phillips) talked about the film with IGN too. In that interview, Phillips explains that the film contains the messages of childhood trauma, lack of love, and lack of human compassion in the world and discusses that a great number of audience members can handle that.

Despite what Phoenix said, there are a lot of films out there that can teach right from wrong even if it wasn’t the filmmaker’s intention to do so. Hopefully, audience members will understand the messages of the film that a lack of love and compassion can drive a person to insanity and violence. Maybe after this film, more people could learn to be more understanding of those who feel isolated from society and will choose to help them in any way they can instead of pushing them further away.

Frozen 2 Trailer Release.

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The Frozen fever continues to rise with the all-new Frozen 2 trailer release. The trailer is very vague as to what the sequel will be about, as is the plot summary. All that’s known about the sequel so far is that Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf will be traveling deep into the forest to discover an ancient mystery of their kingdom. In the trailer itself, Elsa appears to be training and expanding her magic abilities while both Anna and Kristoff seem on edge to fight someone or something. There’s one part in the trailer that looks Elsa may or may not be surrounded by fire.
Could there be another person out there that has elemental powers like Elsa, but they can control fire? Who knows, people will just have to wait for more trailers to come out. I’m not entirely positive about this but, I’m guessing they’ll be adding more Scandinavian folklore and Germanic mythology into the story. In the first film, they include the mythical rock troll creatures, however, unlike in the film, these creatures in mythology aren’t as friendly. In fact, they tend to kidnap children and keep them hostage so, no they don’t adopt “orphan” kids.
Also, as far as the elemental powers, Frozen is based off an old fairy tale that is known as the Snow Queen and the whole elemental thing can be found in different mythologies around the world. But considering that the world of Frozen is technically taking place in Norway it’s safe to assume that the driving mythology here is Germanic or Norse myth. And in Norse myth, there is a race or group of people that have elemental powers that are known as the Ettins (depending on the source) and for some unknown reason, these are seen as dangerous to the gods. One of the more well-known Ettins is the god Loki; he’s the god of tricks, magic, and fire. So, perhaps in this new film, they’ll have more mythology within the story to explain more about Elsa’s gifts.