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“True Blood” star, Nelsan Ellis dies at the age of 39.

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.

Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the age of 17 he tried his luck joining the Marine Core but dropped out and five years later he was accepted to Juilliard and graduated in 2004. During his time there he made friends with later True Blood co-star Rutina Wesley.
True Blood brought Ellis his much sought after success. During the seven seasons he was part of the series, Ellis walked away with two Satellite Awards, an Ewwy for best supporting dramatic actor award and a NewNowNext Award for actor on the brink of fame.

Other than True Blood, Ellis was cast as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a supporting performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In 2013 he joined the “Get on Up” cast, playing Bobby Byrd, Brown’s long-time friend.

“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis,” said “True Blood” costar Joe Manganiello. “He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP.”

HBO released a statement saying the network was “extremely saddened” by Ellis’s death. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood,” the statement read. “Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball, called Ellis “a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.
Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the...

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Hollywood and YouTube

Most of us are surprised to know that the most profitable summer in Hollywood would not came from a bestselling novel, video game or a comic book, but from the viral video on YouTube. The scenario didn’t seem so far-fetched, regarding the success of the low-budget horror movie “Lights Out”, the story about a terrifying creature that comes out only when it’s dark. Actually, the movie was inspired by a very short film from Sweden, made by a director that most of the people never heard of before. But, this movie made a profit of $40 million in ticket sales in just the first week after it was released. It is eight times more that the cost of producing it.

Low-budget horror film were always a good way to make profit in the film industry, taking the example of “The Purge: Election Year” and “The Conjuring 2.” But this one is something different. It shows us that the success can be reached by looking to YouTube as a source of non-expensive and untapped ideas. The producer of “Crash” and UCLA film professor Tom Nunan said: “I don’t know of any precedent that’s better than this. ‘Lights Out’ is very fresh and very original, but it’s still in a genre that people love.” As the hunger for fresh ideas rises in Hollywood, YouTube appeared to be the center point for hunting, as the new generation of filmmakers arrive.

The box-office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, Jeff Bock said: “If you can get enough hits organically through YouTube, guess what, Hollywood will come calling. These online channels are the way that people are going to be discovered in the future.” Big studios feel the pressure to reach younger audiences who aren’t going in numbers to movie theaters like the generation of their parents. So, they tried to improve their popularity by looking on YouTube for that new creative community that lives there. There are already some significant investments by companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures.

Partner at the Beverly Hills entertainment firm Management 360, Darin Friedman said: “The Internet has changed the game forever and there is longstanding precedent for finding new ideas this way even before this latest wave of disruption.” After seeing the beginning of “Lights Out”, producer Lawrence Grey said: “I went to bed that night haunted by images of that short.” After that, he contacted the director so they could collaborate on expanding the whole story. He added: “I think there’s a great moment now where the audience is telling Hollywood, ‘Make this!’”. Jeff Goldstein, head of distribution for Warner Bros, said: “Whenever you gross more than four times the budget on opening weekend, that’s a win.”

The of YouTube Space NY, Adam Relis commented: “It’s inspiring to see storytellers like David do great things on and off YouTube, and to see how engaged he was in helping mentor talented creators.” Nunan concluded: “Where would I have had access to David but through YouTube? I bet there will be a whole bunch of short films that get bought and adapted in the hopes of finding the next David Sandberg. … My hope is it’s a model in that the institutional players see it and say, ‘You never really know where the next big thing is going to come from.’ “

Most of us are surprised to know that the most profitable summer in Hollywood would not came from a bestselling novel, video game or a comic book, but from the viral video on YouTube. The scenario didn’t seem so far-fetched, regarding the success of the...

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Most powerful Hollywood franchises – part 2

Here’s the rest of our most powerful Hollywood franchises list.

  1. The Fast and the Furious

It’s a $3.8 billion franchise with 7 movies so far. It was hard to predict that this street racing series would become such a hit when it started in 2001. At first, it seemed like a modest undercover cop thriller. But 15 years later, we have a new adventure that will occur in Cuba and beyond. The strength of this one is that multicultural ambience that changes from country to country, traveling around the globe. The weakness can be found in aging of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, who need to be in a racing shape all the time.

  1. Transformers

This is a $3.7 billion franchise with 5 movies so far. Paramount Pictures invests boldly in this project, planning new several installments. The next one is kicking off in 2018, called “Transformers: The Last Knight”. It will even cross over “G.I. Joe.” The strength is in robots and computers that generate them, because they don’t & won’t age. Another advantage is in humans who are interchangeable. That means that they could make these films a long, long time. The weakness would be in the novelty of cars that turn into robots. It seems like we have huge number of toys that do the same thing. So, do we really need more?

  1. Despicable Me

It’s a $2.7 billion franchise with 3 films. It’s all about minions, minions and tones of minions. Universal and Illumination seem very capable of driving forward with these new installments of the well known animated franchise. The strength is hidden in the endless merch of possibilities. These films play surprisingly well overseas. The weakness is in the majority of audience, the children. We all know that they can be fickle audiences. When they get enough of some characters, it really means they’re through with it.

  1. X-Men

It’s a $3.8 billion franchise with 7 movies so far. We can say that some the movies of this franchise are better than the others, but the success of this story lives safely. The last outing “X-men: Apocalypse” earned $285 million worldwide thus far. The strength is in “Deadpool” actually. It showed that there’s always a fresh life for the central metaphor of this saga, pulling $763 million worldwide, and “Mutants” are stand-ins for no matter what class society is discriminating against these days. The possible weakness is in Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who could easily stop having fun with current costumes and makeup. They might wanna get real a bit.

  1. Jurassic Park

It’s a $3.6 billion franchise with 4 movies. For those who were born in late 80’s, Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” could be their “Star Wars”. It is evident that all these folks showed up in theatre to see “Jurassic World”, which made magnificent $1.6 billion worldwide. Chris Pratt will be at the center of a new cycle of stories, so the nostalgic curiosity is likely to drive people to fill the theaters. The strength of this one is simply in Dinosaurs. But at the same time, we ask ourselves for how long will dinosaurs be enough.

Here’s the rest of our most powerful Hollywood franchises list.

The Fast and the Furious

It’s a $3.8 billion franchise with 7 movies so far. It was hard to predict that this street racing series would become such a hit when it started in 2001...

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Most powerful Hollywood franchises

With the advance of the 3d technology, the characters became the new movie stars. But, starting the franchise would be the new coin of the Hollywood realm. Movie studios flourish or disappear by how many franchises they have in their pocket. All these characters that come from the pure fiction have their golden age running for decades, and they doesn’t seem to get boring. The reason is that there’s a always a new generation eager to get to know these fictive worlds.

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe

It’s a $9.3 billion company with 13 movies so far. Some of Marvel characters like Captain America, Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy will not go to oblivion, as the company made the plan to make movies till at least 2020. The strength of this studio is the inexhaustible recourse of comic based adventures and the hunger of new generations of kids, ready to fall in love with this style of movies. The weakness would be replacing the star. Nobody knows how will the audience respond to a new Tony Stark. At some point, making Marvel’s actors will eventually become too expensive.

  1. Star Wars

It’s a $6.7 billion franchise with 8 movies so far. After taking over for George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy has changed the Lucasfilm, having a new purpose. It is to release “Star Wars” movie every single year in the future. As “The Force Awakens” confirmed its bond between the audience and Luke, Leia and Han, there’s no fear that the people won’t show up for ecah new film. The strength of this franchise is that multi-generational appeal and a proven merchandising muscle. The main weakness is that nostalgia-driven success, that raises a question “How long can this looking backward gonna work?”

  1. James Bond

It’s a $5 billion franchise with amazing 25 movies so far. There are not many franchises that can survive Roger Moore’s leisure suits. It started in 1962 and broke attendance records with Daniel Craig’s outings recently. So, there’s no reason to think that Mr. Bond will ever stop going to his missions. The strength of this one is the constant freshening of actors in the lead role, so the return is always a possibility. The weakness is the lack of definition of who and what 007 actually is. It’s time for some updates.

  1. Harry Potter

It’s a $7.7 billion franchise with 8 films made. The original books of Harry Potter were really massive just like the movies. Possible above-the-line capacity doesn’t really need to work again, if the consumer doesn’t want to. The strength is hidden in that continuous gain of the new audience with books and the hunger for Rowling’s characters doesn’t stop. It is also important that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at two Universal Studios theme parks gives the opportunity to the fans to buy everything Hogwarts. The weakness of this one is the unclear future of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, when we’re talking about the audience feedback.

With the advance of the 3d technology, the characters became the new movie stars. But, starting the franchise would be the new coin of the Hollywood realm. Movie studios flourish or disappear by how many franchises they have in their pocket. All these...