Screen Junkies » money http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 James Cameron To Rectify Lack Of Chinese Na’vi By Adding Some Chinese Na’vi http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-rectify-lack-of-chinese-navi-by-adding-some-chinese-navi/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-to-rectify-lack-of-chinese-navi-by-adding-some-chinese-navi/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:02:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251022 Because money.

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The extremely wealthy James Cameron isn’t hurting for money on account of his extreme wealth. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know a good (read: weird) deal when he sees one.

Last month, Cameron spread his love of 3D to China by partnering up with state-owned film groups to distribute cameras and 3D technology. While there, he saw gold in them there Chinese hills. Although Avatar 2 and 3 and already funded, Cameron wants to try to get China to flip some of the bill. And to sweeten the pot, he’s willing to throw some Chinese actors into the sequels.

“Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China,”

“We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.” At very least, the director could recruit Chinese actors to work in the movies, which will be distributed worldwide by Fox (though Cameron has not set release dates yet). “For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent,” says Cameron.

Or just get Rob Schneider.

“So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film.
We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.”

Why stop there? Can probably get some pretty sweet endorsements and merchandise sales by creating X-Games Na’vi. Food for thought. (THR)

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Move Over Madoff: The 6 Most Miserable Billionaires In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/move-over-madoff-the-6-most-miserable-billionaires-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/move-over-madoff-the-6-most-miserable-billionaires-in-film/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:38:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234443 Money can't buy happiness, unless buying things makes you happy, in which case it can.

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According to his horrible, horrible wife, Bernie Madoff and his better half tried to commit suicide when it was time to face the music of running the largest pyramid scheme in modern history. Well, Bernie and his wife have plenty of good reasons to want to kill themselves. But recent movies have presented a whole class of uber-billionaires who seem to hate their lives without mercilessly screwing over thousands of people.

Allow me to clear something up. This isn’t “most evil billionaires.” There are plenty of evil billionaires. Some of the men listed here are evil; some are not. That’s not the criteria.

This list examines all the wealthy men who aren’t enjoying themselves, those who are just as miserable with the cash as they would be without it. The anti-Thomas Crowns. The anti-Arthurs. These guys largely live to work, and have nothing to show for their riches but some nice suits and a frown. You won’t find Montgomery Burns, Gordon Gekko, or Lucius Malfoy on this list. They have way too much fun being evil. This is for the guys that wealth is just wasted on.

Nicholas Van Orton – The Game

Growing up rich doesn’t mean you’re growing up happy, and the odds of being well-adjusted are even less so if you happened to pull up and watch your dad take a header off of the roof of the family estate. Thank God for CRS. With a sequence of elaborately-staged run-ins and scenarios, CRS creates a terrifying ordeal that allows Nicholas the opportunity to figure out what life is like. It helps that there’s a hot girl to fall in love with as well.

Van Orton manages to both talk down to people while at the same time treating them with the general misery that an employee at the DMV would project. All the monogrammed shirts in the world won’t brighten his day.

Jeffrey Lebowski – The Big Lebowski

I happen to like Jeffrey Lebowski, if only because when I get rich, all I want to do is bitch and treat Phillip Seymour Hoffman like shit. Sure, it’s not the most fulfilling life, but it’s what I want to do. However, I would totally expect to be called “joyless” much as I’m calling out The Big Lebowski as being such.

I wish there were more scenes with Jeffrey and his wife Bunny. I bet he just treated her like crap all the time. I don’t know her very well personally, but I can’t imagine that Tara Reid is a magical cure for depression.

Sure, he’s in a wheelchair, but you would think that even a miserable, incapacitated septuagenarian would be able to delight in belittling Tara Reid.

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7 Movie Banks/Bankers That Are Worse Than Bank Of America http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-movie-banksbankers-that-are-worse-than-bank-of-america/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-movie-banksbankers-that-are-worse-than-bank-of-america/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:08:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230768 That's it. I'm hiding my money in a fake rock.

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Bank of America‘s announcement that they will issue a $5 monthly charge to debit card users has only served to remin the American people that banks don’t care about their customers. They are corporate machines fueled by greed and low moral fortitude. But still, they sometimes have free hats and Frisbees.

With that in mind here are some movie banks and bankers that might be more evil than their real life counterparts.

Arthur Case – Inside Man

I’m not sure which is more evil. Banks or Nazis? But have you ever considered the possibility of a Nazi bank? That’s one bank that I wouldn’t want to borrow from. Just imagine their foreclosure practices.

Centabank – The Bank

The titular bank in the Australian movie The Bank is completely corrupt. CEO Anthony LaPaglia declares, “I’m like God with a better suit.” You know you’re in trouble when the guy holding your money has a God complex. It’s no wonder that his customers are so found of Marmite sandwiches. There isn’t much else they can afford.

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5 Largest Fictional Lotto Jackpots From Film And Television http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/5-largest-fictional-lotto-jackpots-from-film-and-television/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/5-largest-fictional-lotto-jackpots-from-film-and-television/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:54:40 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224277 Even in Hollywood, the jackpots aren't as high as last night's Powerball.

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Last night’s winning Powerball ticket was worth $228.9, but don’t get your hopes up. The closest you’re ever going to come to winning a jackpot is watching a film or TV show about the lottery. And even in a world of Hollywood make beleive, chances are the jackpot won’t be as high. Check out the following fictional lottery jackpots and see for yourself.

It Could Happen To You – $4 Million

When a New York cop doesn’t have enough cash on hand to leave a tip, he offers his waitress the only thing he can: half of a lottery ticket. As luck would have it, the ticket actually wins, and the cop stays true to his word, a move that eventually leads to the destruction of his marriage. In all fairness, the film is a lot more upbeat than I just made it out to be.

Waking Ned Devine – IR£7 Million ($12.57 Million)

When Ned Devine wins the Irish lottery, he instantly dies of shock. Unfortunately, he has no living relatives to collect the winnings on his behalf. But rather than let all the money go to waste, the local townsfolk hatch a scheme to impersonate Ned, collect the winnings, and split the cash among themselves. The townsfolk are a quirky, likable bunch, considering that they’re all committing massive fraud.

Roseanne – $108 Million

After years of toiling through working-class drudgery, the Conner family finally hits the jackpot, winning over $100 million in the Illinois lottery. The final season of the show deals with the aftermath of winning, as the family tries to cope with their new-found fame and fortune. But in the end, it turns out to have all been a bizarre fantasy concocted by Roseanne in order to deal with the loss of her husband. So I guess technically there was no jackpot, and this entry doesn’t belong on this list. Too bad, I’m not changing it.

Lost - $114 Million

While “resting” at a psychiatric institute, HugoHurley” Reyes befriends a mysterious patient named Leonard Simms who is obsessed with the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Once Hurley leaves the institution, he decides to use the numbers in a lottery drawing. As you can probably guess by the title of this list, he ends up winning. However, he later believes the numbers are cursed, and responsible for a string of unlucky events that befall him, not the least of which is getting stranded on an uncharted island.

Lottery Ticket – $370 million

The Lottery Ticket has the distinction of being the only film with a jackpot larger than last night’s drawing. That’s about all it’s got going for it. When a young boy named Kevin (Bow Wow) wins $370 million dollars in the lottery, he borrows money from a local gangster while he’s waiting for his ticket to clear. Great idea. Soon enough, the ticket goes missing, and Kevin’s life is on the line. I won’t spoil the ending, mainly cause I don’t care. Let’s just say I’d have to get at least half of that $370 million before I’d sit through this crap. OK, I’d probably do it for $20, but you get the idea.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Made More Money Than You Last Year http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leonardo-dicaprio-made-more-money-than-you-last-year/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leonardo-dicaprio-made-more-money-than-you-last-year/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:22:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223333 He's Hollywood's highest paid actor according to Forbes. In related news, there was already some money in the dryer when I used it today.

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Johnny Depp‘s developmentally disabled younger brother has put himself handicapable. Depp’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star Leonardo DiCaprio is Hollywood’s highest paid actor according to Forbes magazine. Thanks to Shutter Island and Inception, DiCaprio took in an estimated $77 million last year, whereas Johnny Depp earned an estimated $50 million. Adam Sandler is third with $40 million; Will Smith with $36 million; and Tom Hanks made $35 million. Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Tim Allen and Tom Cruise round out the top 10.

So let’s see, Leonardo DiCaprio is handsome, rich, dates models, dates Blake Livelys, and has worked with Kirk Cameron AND the critters from Critters. Charmed life.

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