Wednesday, October 21. 2015
Magic Mike XXL was a film that made perfect use of its very talented cast. Whether it was a returning cast member—like Matt Bomer—or a newcomer to the franchise, like Crystal Hunt, each person in this ensemble cast played their roles perfectly. Hunt's performance as one of Andie MacDowell's tipsy friends was quite entertaining, providing a great deal of the electricity that was woven into the scene. MacDowell's Nancy and Joe Manganiello's Richie cook up chemistry while Hunt and the rest of the ensemble cast are left to deal with two completely different worlds mixing. Nancy's friends—including Crystal Hunt's character Lauren—are all conservative, upper-class women, while Richie's ragtag group of male entertainer friends stir up their sensibilities in a scene for the ages. When these groups of people mix together, revelations are made and magic is created. Crystal Hunt proves her comedic chops in this one, largely drawing on her soap opera experience as a fan favorite actress.
Indeed, Magic Mike XXL allows its audience to have a great time, whether it's poking fun at the male strippers of the world, or allowing for fun flirtations between actors. It is true that Magic Mike XXL boasts one of the most attractive casts in recent memory, with Channing Tatum leading the charge. It is Tatum's life, of course, that is the inspiration for this movie. When he was a young man growing up in Florida, he spent a few memorable months as a male entertainer. Along the way, he picked up some great dance moves and also learned about the life of a male stripper. He got to know these men and grew to understand them and their choices.
Eventually Tatum pursued modeling and acting, and his career skyrocketed. But he never forgot about his gig as a male entertainer, and started to discuss movie ideas with friends once he became a star. One of these friends was the great director Steven Soderbergh, who signed on for the first Magic Mike film. Magic Mike XXL is directed by Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs, who does a fantastic job with the material. While preserving the heart of the film, Jacobs provides us with a great deal of humor and fun. The last scene of the film is positive triumphant, reminding us of why we come to the movies in the first place. The cast and crew of Magic Mike XXL set out to deliver a supernova of a film, and they delivered.
Friday, September 18. 2015
In Port St. Lucie, Florida, sits the headquarters of the Pulse Evolution Corporation. They specialize in hyper-realistic digital humans for the big screen. Most notably for portraying Michael Jackson and developing the visual effects of Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button. They also specialize in holographic live performances, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence all for entertainment purposes. Along with the estates Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, they have a revenue share agreement. They also use consumers' likeness in mobile systems, social media and video games.
The CEO, John Textor, has said he is very content with the company and its productions as well as becoming the leader in virtual reality and artificial intelligence. He has also elaborated on the company being listed on OTC markets which helped to raise $15 million from initial investors. Mr. Textor has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wesleyan University. He has held chairman positions at BabyUniverse, Slims Snowboards and now Pulse Evolution. He has helped with producing movies such as Ender's Game and Art Story.
On a legal standpoint, Pulse's recent Safe Harbor Statement may affect the future of the company. Their stock price may falter, changed may occur in domestic and international conditions, number of projects per year may change, strategies in developments will shift, audience opinion may change due to alterations in the company and new forms of technology may arise creating positive outcomes for the company. These changes would not only effect Pulse, but also any other company associated with CGI, virtual reality or augmented reality because of the changes in governance, stock flow and the coming of new technology.
Financially, their expenses ran at $3,452,673 for 3 months ending December 31, 2014 and $7,024,761 for 6 months. Net losses for those 3 and 6 months were $3,292,373 and $6,511,536. Proceeds summed up to $2,096,588 and $4,253,309. Most of the Pulse's expenses were for development in software, technology for software and the share agreement between the estates of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.
Tuesday, August 4. 2015
As if one job weren’t enough, actress/producer Crystal Hunt has successfully managed several careers in her lifetime, including acting in both television and movie roles and producing a feature film. The blonde powerhouse has accomplished all of this in her twenties, and is clearly still on the rise.
Acting came easily and early to Crystal, her talent was first showcased in her home state of Florida when she began competing in pageants and honing her skills as a singer and dancer before the age of six. This is when she landed her first feature film role in the movie “Problem Child”. She moved on to commercials, including work for such notables as Disney, and alongside boy-band N*SYNC and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.
It was in New York that Crystal Hunt became a household name, in a recurring role as Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light that soon evolved into a full-time contract that continued for four years. She earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for her outstanding work on the show. Crystal later went on to appear as Stacy Morasco on “One Life To Live” for three years.
Crystal has appeared in several feature films, notably boasting a talent for an authentic southern drawl as Dinky in “Sydney White” with costar Amanda Bynes. More recently she delighted fans by playing “Lauren” in “Magic Mike XXL” with Channing Tatum.
Summer of 2015 also found Crystal starring as herself in a reality television series on POP called “Queens of Drama”. The show follows Crystal and co-stars, including Donna Mills and Vanessa Marcil, in their endeavor to create, develop and produce a prime time serial drama.
Crystal’s debut as Executive Producer came about as a film project with friend Dania Ramirez entitled “Talbot County”, a horror story based on real life events.
Crystal has shown her considerable support for charities such as Mission Save Her, a group dedicated to educating about gang rape and human trafficking of women and girls worldwide.
Animal-loving Crystal has owned a boutique for pets in her hometown in Florida, and is a devoted dog mom who has been regularly spotted with her Yorkie pup adorably named “Forbes”.
One Facebook fan called her “the prettiest girl in the whole world”, but the beauty of Crystal Hunt lies as much in her considerable talent and charm as it does her wholesome looks.
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