My Personal Favorite Movies of 2014

The Entertainment/Film industry across the globe is flourishing at rate of knots as the directors and producers are earning higher and higher for every high budget movie. Hence, their return is increasing day by day as a result of that actors and other staff are also paid handsomely. In 2014 many exciting movies were expected featuring top actors such as Leonardo and Sylvester Stallone and few others of their caliber. As it was expected last year and according to the hype given to such movies at the end of last year the movies have pulled out the audience and most films are booming and one hit after another is the news of the week all over USA and Europe. At the end, we have mentioned the list of few hits along with their short reviews.These lists of anticipated upcoming movies have become an annual fixture these days. In restricting our list to just few, we have tried to create a mixture of both high-profiled and lesser hits along with unknown cast with unexpected high returns. Films such as Noah, Big Hero Six, Non-Stop and 300 came very close but didn’t have huge impact as expected, even though they have much to offer.Furthermore, given the number of movies competing for place in the box office, we have left the latest packages of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit out of the list. People are keen to see both, but we’re wary of taking up slots with movies that have been on an annual cycle.

4 months are left before this year is officially over. In all this summer all those big films with big names have not been able to cross The LEGO movie of Phil lord and Chris Miller.

The broad contours of the blockbusters in 2014 subsume the following.  Here is a list few hits so far.

Captain America



As Hollywood is based in North America so we start with the movie named Captain America. When the movie named “The amazing Spiderman” released most people though that it would be the best movie of the year but they forgot about the fact that Captain America which is a marvel production received quite big anticipation from the people. This release of captain America really did tell the people how influential Steve Roger is to the world of movies and how he turns ordinary movies into great movies.

You must be wondering about the reason of this movie being on top of the list of movies released this year.These people, Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely were not interested in giving people some old fashioned action film and they were more interested in releasing something unique which is quite rare these days. They were different and innovative. They also made us believe through promotion and reviews that Captain America is the movie that could pull us out of our homes to cinemas. There is also a reason behind their logic because there is also an emotional attachment with the name of the movie which is considered to be a major contribution to its success journey.

The Grand Budapest Hotel


This is another super hit movie which startled the news and press as The Grand Budapest Hotel came to the screen and pushed the audience out of there apartments to come and see a murder mystery dizzying sprint through a meticulously orchestrated. If you talk about Anderson than this is his trademark quirks, from the lyrical dialogue to the brilliant cast hired to reciprocate dialogues and these dialogues are the result of Anderson’s genius mind. Featuring in an Anderson film is a very big achievement for every actor. People who are skilled in the art of comedy, people like Edward Norton or Jason Schwartzman are able to understand the unique nature of Anderson and they prove this by exceptional performances in the film.

In this movie Anderson was quite fortunate that he found the best lead performance that you can ever get from anyone and this person was Ralph Fiennes. The Grand BudapestHotel is definitely a kind of movie which every movies lover would like to see again and again because of the quality of this movie. By judging it from all standards, we can definitely say that this movie of Anderson is among the best movies released by anyone in this year.

The Fault in Our Stars


This is another star studded hit movie which attracted the masses to visit cinema houses. This isn’t depressing, funny or serious, it’s a wonderful combination of all. Other directors in the industry might have added some more heroic things but the director of this movie wanted to make a movie which is close to reality and something that the people will accept. So this movie was intended to be something that revolves around real life and something that people can relate to their life, and this is exactly what happened in this movie. The story of the movie beautifully explains its characters laugh with friends, weeping with the people they love and care about and they understand the importance of this last good day, even if they don’t know it’s not what they think it is. The makers of this movie did their best to make something that can be related to the popular book of John Green before it is displayed in the cinemas.

Edge of tomorrow

No matter what other people say about this movie but for me it is among the best movies of 2014 so far. You might wonder at the start movie that it is another ordinary action movie with no uniqueness what so ever but as the movies goes on, the interest in the movie develop itself.

This movie is about a person who is an army officer and he has to lead a team into the enemy populated area but refuses to lead them because he thinks he doesn’t have what it takes to be a good fighter. Due to this desertion from the duty he has to go there as an ordinary soldier. This movie is about all the follow up events that occur after this and this really is something that should be on your must watch movies list.

The LEGO Movie


Among all the animated movies that have been releases this year except “how to train your dragon 2”, “The Lego movie” stands out as the best animated movie of the year. This movie is about kids who use their creative mind to build something using Lego kit. This Lego kit is a toy for the kids and they can be used to express the creative thoughts of the small kids. The responsibility of making this movie something like this was in the hands of the Film makers and they did it exceptionally.

When it comes to the cast that was hired for the voice than one of the funnies actors were assigned this job. All the efforts were made to make it look like something very realistic and close to your heart.  You might go into your past when you are playing with the plastic pieces in your bedroom floor while watching this movie. This movie also sends a beautiful message about the importance of teamwork, creativity and all those things that you are really good at.

X-Men days of the future past


If you are talking about the movies released in 2014 and you don’t talk about X-men than you are not justice.

This movie was really anticipated by everyone who has a good taste and it is one of those movies that you can see again and again without getting bored. The film maker did everything in his domain to turn this movie into something epic because it is a series of a very famous and widely anticipated movie X-Men. The main theme of this movies is that X-Men fights in two time domains so that the human race can survive the upcoming threat and all this movie revolves around this wonderful idea.

The film maker was quite worried about the success of this movie because he has to maintain the standard that people before him have set for X-Men and this is something that made this movie a must watch for everyone who loves quality stuff.

Realistically speaking 2014 is a revolutionary year in the film world as it has changed the dynamics of the world movies. The trend is changing along with people demands, sponsors deals and censorship rules. Hence an overall evolution taking place as a whole. On one hand technology seems to take control and on the other hand people have forgotten their cultures, traditions and past which is reflecting in the movies too as a result of quickly changing people minds and ways of life.

Top TV Shows that feature gambling

Ray_Romano_at_the_2010_WSOPGambling is often featured in TV shows, whether the characters are trying it out for the first time, or if it is a part of their daily routine. The TV programs often highlight the glamorous, fast-paced life of gambling, and the high energy environments in the casinos. Some even go into the increasingly popular world of casino websites. Gambling is featured in both comedies and dramas, as well as reality television.

In one of the later episodes of the hit comedy series ‘How I Met Your Mother’, two of the main characters head to Atlantic City for one last night before fatherhood begins for Marshall. Barney convinces him to get highly intoxicated and the two of them hit the casinos for a fun night. It is short-lived however, as Marshall soon realizes that his wife is heading into labor, and they have no way to get back to New York City in time. The rest of the night is spent in pursuit for gambling winnings in the casino so they can make their way back to NYC.

In the critically acclaimed drama ‘Breaking Bad’, the main character Walter White runs into quite a problem as he has to figure out an excuse as to where he is getting all of his money from. While he is making a living cooking up methamphetamine, he needs to come up with a story for his family as to why he is now insanely wealthy. He comes up with an entire backstory focused around his gambling winnings, and about how he began to count cards due to his extreme intelligence.

Another show that features gambling is the series ‘Friends’. All of the female characters in the show are upset that the men play poker without them, so they insist on being invited to the next poker night. The ladies do end up getting invited, however they don’t know the rules of poker so the night does not end well for them. ‘Friends’ highlights that gambling, specifically poker, can be a fun night in with friends, and you don’t need to roam far for a thrill.

Lastly, in an episode of the show ‘The Office’, all of the Dunder Mifflin employees decide to place bets around the office on commonplace occurrences. While their boss is trying to convince everyone that the office can be a very dangerous place, all of the employees are focused on trivial bets. ‘The Office’ also features an episode where the company hosts a casino night as a fundraiser for a local charity. There is a multitude of different casino game classics, such as roulette and blackjack.

Overall, casinos are frequently displayed in television shows to highlight the enjoyable aspects that they can provide to the general public. There are many platforms to suit everyones needs, and it is an enjoyable way to spend your evening.

Popular heist movies featuring Casinos

Hollywood is a great fan of good heist movies.Some of the most popular heist movies are featuring Casinos. This is so, because the amount of glamour and bankroll present in the Casino is literally incomparable to any other settings or backdrop. This has been the fact since ages, and with the advancement in time, it has become even more highlighted. The betting action in the Casino houses in restaurants are inspired from the featured on big screens. Few of the movies and TV shows have rocked the audience utilizing the hyped aura of poker game and casinos and mint heavy finances while others made them say good bye to riches. This trend is still the same with million dollar betterment in the technology and lifestyle.

Ocean’s 11

The ultimate sophisticated, charming, and cool Ocean’s 11 is absolutely classic casino heist movie from the year of 1960s. It was revamped to the tastes of modern audience in 2000. This movie was brought back again with an excellent star cast featuring Hollywood gems like Brad Pitt and George Clooney. The story demonstrates a professional thief- Danny Ocean as his con men skilled gang attempts to pull the biggest heist in the history of Vegas.They simultaneously steal the entire night’s reserve from the three of Las Vegas’ most renowned casinos, the Mirage, the MGM Grand, and the Bellagio. The robbery itself is a perfect blend of impressive simplicity tinged with fiendish complication. This movie is marked as one of the most entertaining movies in the list even today. Most of the thrill and zest in this movie is all because of the gambling introduced in Casinos.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show designed by Merv Griffin. The show involves a contest in which contestants have to solve the word puzzles which are quite similar to the one sin Hangman-a guessing game. This helps the participants win hard cash and rewards as per the rules and regulations of the show. This is decided by revolving a huge carnival wheel. This TV show had become a huge success and is said to have aired the maximum episodes in comparison with other similar shows. The glamorous look of the anchors combined with the marvelous games of online pokies drives the audience crazy and made the games unique.

Online games have earned a great buzz in the market with its flashy superficial fortune building tactics. People are highly interested in making money in a short period of time. With most of the Casinos doing a great job in the cities, the ones in towns and smaller areas are also in the limelight. No matter how huge or tiny Casino business is in some areas; the bottom line is, it always works! The cool charm of the niche with captivating and energetic ambience leaves the person spell bound. The casinos have wide variety of games nowadays. It is true that the true credentials will always be earned by the online pokies featured in the Films & Televisions. The glamour shown on the screens is extremely alluring and it has a mesmerizing spell on most of the viewers inculcating in them an intense urge to visit the Casinos in person.

Most of the college goers and also the bachelors are interested to be a part of this fascinating world inspired from the movie or television screens. There are many TV shows, which draft and display amazingly catchy offers on games. They use numerous tactics to attract a large audience and are motivated from the reel life culture. Even the real life business makers are drafting their business plans on the similar lines.

What does it take to make a great film set?

Movies are constantly improving on special effects, movies from just a couple decades ago would have obvious signs of stunt doubles and sketchy backgrounds. Thanks to the new and improved film set construction, movies are more real and have more than believable special effects. There is a lot going on though, behind the scenes to make this happen.

film set

Film set construction can be a very tedious process, and requires many people, with a different skills to work together to make something happen. Construction begins months ahead of time, sometimes years before the cameras even start rolling. The production designer must take words from the description on the script to create the scenery, and create the illusions necessary to help others understand what is going on and believe it. A lot of research must go into the film construction. For example, if they were filming a western, they would need to know what it looks like, what shops were there, plants, anything environmental that would be located in those areas at that time. Things like, if it can be found, or recreated, and what costs would have to be implemented, are some of the questions that are researched to know what will be needed to go on the set.

The art director then has the responsibility to turn the sketches presented by the production designer, in to reality. The art director overseas the employees so that the job gets done on time, and meets the needs of the sketches. Using technology, he or she must create a three dimensional design that will be handed off to the construction manager. Here is when the job gets more hands own, and professionals are needed in the construction process.

The construction manager is in charge of hiring professionals in construction ranging from painting, to plastering, and people who can manage operating heavy machinery. The actual construction process can take months, and is very physically involving. Sometimes there are accidents, and things have to be rebuilt, and reorganized. During this process, forklifts would be needed to carry heavy prop equipment, aid in film construction. A qualified forklift driver would be needed to do this. The construction manager must higher a forklift driver who has gone through his training and has been evaluated. Failing to hire a qualified forklift driver can cost the set a lot of money, since expensive equipment can be damaged. Forklift drivers are depended on to move much of this equipment, so they play a very important role in film set construction.

Finally, after months of construction, the final product is complete. Thanks to a workforce of construction workers, and art, the set is complete. Most times it doesn’t completely end there, since many action movies require rebuilds, but for the most part the movie set is acquired. By then it is up to the art department to assure the actors are dressed to fit the set theme, and up to the actors to play off of their surrounding. Depending on the special effects needed, technology is the used to create that movie magic.

Film Insurance and things you should know

When shooting a film things do not always go as planned. Items on the set can break, people can get hurt, and a number of other events can happen to cause damage or injury. To be prepared for the unexpected it is important to have film insurance. This will cover the production company and their entire staff working on the film in case something was to happen during the shoot.

There are several different types of film insurance. One of the easier factors in determining what type of insurance to get is how long the schedule for shooting is going to be. There are two different short term polices. One policy will cover the company for up to 60 days. The other policy will cover the company for up to 180days. With this type of coverage, the film can have a projected budget ranging from $300,000 to one million dollars. There are also policies for annual productions. This is for movies that are going to take several months to shoot and have a budget of up to five million dollars. There is also the foreign production policy. This policy will cover the film for up to one year regardless of what the budget is.

When looking for a film insurance policy it is important to understand what this policy is going to cover. Many film insurance polices cover equipment in case it is damaged. Both company owned and rented equipment is insured under this type of policy. All included in this policy are the sets, props, and wardrobe that are going to be used for the productions. If there is negative, stock the policy will cover this as well. Film insurance covers damage done by third parties including unauthorized people that have come onto the set. There is coverage for extra expenses such as medical bills and other bills due to unexpected damaged during production. The production company will have general liability coverage. They can also be cover for automotive accidents and other physical damages that may occur due to their equipment on the set. Film insurance companies will also provide workers compensation coverage.

There are certain qualification and restriction based on film companies in order to qualify for some of these coverage options. For movies that contain stunts, explosions, and scenes of violence there is special coverage available. The more action a film has there is an increased chance that someone could get hurt. These types of insurance coverage options are usually for large budget movies. These policies include Movie Boat insurance for scenes that will be shot on a boat. There is Charterer;s Legal Liability Insurance as well as other liability policies.These policies are rather expensive but will protect a film company if something unexpected where the happen on set.

When shooting a film unexpected events can happen. Equipment can break or a person can get hurt. It is important that a production company have film insurance. This will help protect them in case an accident happens while shooting.

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Safety on Film Sets

There are a lot of things that go into making a great film, whether you are an indie studio or a big budget production company. A lot of expense goes into the craft of film making, but if someone get’s injured or worse the price is just too high. When filming safety has to be considered with paramount importance, and is the responsibility of everyone involved in the project, not just the directors and producers. Everyone should be practicing good safety and should speak up if they are uncomfortable with anything they are doing.

Insurance Coverage on Films

One of the differences between small production companies are large ones is liability insurance. Larger film companies and projects usually have this base covered, but if you are a new actor or volunteering for a small indie project, it may not occur to you that you might get hurt or injure someone else, and that the filmmakers may not have insurance to cover it. When working on any film project always inquire about the insurance if it’s not covered in your introductory packet and talent release.

It’s important to understand that you need to be protected and have something in writing. If you are injured during the course of a film, you shouldn’t have to come out pocket or use your own insurance to cover it, it should work much the same way as if you were injured during any other employment.

Don’t Be Afraid To Say No

If you are asked to perform a stunt, operate equipment or do anything that you feel might be dangerous or that you consider yourself uncomfortable with, you need to speak up about it. Even if you previously agreed to it don’t be afraid to tell the filmmakers that you have changed your mind and you don’t feel confident doing something. They will understand and even if it causes problems they know that it is better to not have you do it than to have it go terribly wrong.

Don’t Take Unnecessary Risk

As a filmmaker you are responsible for everything that happens during your production. This is a responsibility you shouldn’t take lightly and you should be doing everything thing you can to ensure the safety of your cast and crew. Don’t take any unnecessary risk just to get a better shot or effect, prioritize the safety of your people above what might be best for the film.

Stunts involving pyrotechnics and vehicles for example are extremely dangerous and you should ensure you have certified professionals handling these things at all times. You should also have people on standby to act in the event something goes wrong. Always make sure you have first aid kits and fire extinguishers readily available on set should the need arise. Also make sure that you have gotten the appropriate permissions and permits for what you are doing. In the event something does go wrong, you don’t want to hesitate out of concern from involving the proper authorities. This an instance where you need to ask permission rather than forgiveness.

Why You might need Film and Media Insurance

If you are in film or media, you will need insurance. There are different types of film and media insurance available for you to get. All you need to know is what type of insurance is available and what it covers.

One type is called Errors and Omissions Insurance for producers. This offers coverage for producers in case they are sued for copyright infringement, slander, invasion of privacy, etc. This company makes sure that your movie is available to all companies at competitive premiums. This is required when signing contracts. This covers the following: movie distribution regardless of if the movie is released in theaters or goes straight to DVD, it provides coverage for improper handling of unsolicited scripts, the use of hidden cameras, failure to obtain the rights to music and film clips, not getting releases for people appearing in the movie, and using celebrities’ names or likeness without permission.

Another type of cover is Errors and Omissions for distributors. This is similar to the producers’ insurance. This covers distributors from lawsuits that may happen because of what they are distributing. Distributors are protected against lawsuits that occur from plagiarism from one movie to another. This provides protection from lawsuits that claim the following allegations: invasion of privacy, plagiarism or pirating, infringement, libel or slander, etc.

Movie Production Insurance will allow you to film your movie anywhere and you will have coverage. The movie must have a budget of over a million dollars or more. This covers the cast, damage caused by vehicles, wardrobe, props and sets (whether owned or rented), equipment, film and videotape, money, etc.

Short Term Production Insurance is for low-budget movies. This is great for music videos as well as other short films. They don’t cover action stunts performed in movies. It does cover general liability, vehicle liability, worker’s compensation, as well as the safety of the cast and crew.

Short Term Production II is similar to Short Term Production except it is for movies with bigger budgets. It covers the same things as Short Term Production except it covers the following: wardrobe, props and sets, extra expenses, vehicle liability and physical damage, and rented equipment.

Dice/Annual Production Insurance covers documentaries with budgets that are up to $5 million. To qualify, you can’t have any action scenes. You can’t shoot a gangster rap music performance. It has to shoot in the United States or Canada. This insurance covers the same things at the Short Term Production/Short Term Production II policies.

These are just some of the types of film and media cover available. You just have to do the research to find out what the best policy is for your production.

Actors that wear skateboarding attire

Skater shoes have become popular with well-known actors of today. This was a direct result of the sport of skateboarding becoming a very popular sport watched by millions of spectators. Many actors such as Owen Wilson and Johnny Knoxville have become extremely fond of this type of footwear. These actors are great supporters of the skateboarding sport. Jason Michael Lee is a famous actor, comedian and a professional skateboarder. He is also a co-founder and co-owner of a company called Stereo Skateboards. This company sponsors team riders and many actors have become excited supporters.

Wee Mann was born Jason Shannon Acuna in California. He is a professional skateboarder and actor. He is one of the many actors that wear skating attire in support of a sport that should never be taken lightly. Many actors have invested so much of themselves to the sport. Maybe everyone else should, too. As it seems, teenagers these days have done just that. You see more teenagers these days following in the footsteps of famous actor as the above named Owen Wilson and Johnny Knoxville. They have entertained so many people, young and old.

Skateboarding attire is the newest craze and hopefully stays that way for many decades to come. Maybe even longer than that. The talent that the skateboarders and the skateboarders/actors are role models that teenagers need to be following. There is a lot of positivity in skateboarding as a sport and a national pastime. It is as popular as some of the older sports such as nascar. When the actors show their support for skateboarding they are also supporting the dedication and talent that it takes to be successful. Our teenagers need to see that this a great passion to have and be a part of. They can learn so many good things from the actors and athletes that they adore. Actors are doing a wonderful thing for our athletes and young people by showing them how to be supportive of those that try so hard to be successful and it gives them inspiration for great things in their lives.

The actors that wear skateboarding attire are promoting the look of those that deserve to be honoured and given some of the spotlight. The proceeds from this kind of attire is also donated to the sport at times. The skateboarding attire is fashionable and comfortable. It is very popular in the malls and clothing shops, which is good for everyone. Vans are one of the most popular skater shoes known and there are so many different styles. The skateboarder attire has made a huge impression on people and the economy by giving everyone something to respect and appreciate. The actors that are adorned by skateboarding attire make it the height of fashion for the younger generation. The support of the sport by the actors that wear skateboarding attire have paved the way for kids to do great things and accomplish more than they could even dream of in their own ways today.

Funny Bingo TV Advertisements

One thing that companies use in order to gain the interest of potential customers is humor. There are few tactics in business that work like humor does. It is used in order to get the message across of the type of product, service, or message that the advertiser wants to get across. One topic that often gets funny advertisements is bingo. You will find a lot of funny bingo advertisements on YouTube along with other funny advertisements from a variety of big and small companies. The following is a list of funny bingo ads.

The first ad is the Diva Bingo Ad. In this ad, there is a spokeswoman who is in a room getting a massage from a man. She talks about how it is great to live like a diva. The point of this ad is that Diva Bingo starts you off with a bonus for your deposit when you play at the Diva Bingo website. You get a total of 70 pounds for your bonus. What makes this ad funny is that she advertises in an erotic fashion. So not only does Diva Bingo use comedy, but it also makes an attempt at sexiness as well.

Another Ad is the Sun Bingo ad. It advertises a similar deal. However, it is even more humorous than the diva bingo ad. The ad starts with a couple sitting on a couch watching TV. The man looks on his tablet. When he finds that won, he suddenly blows up like a balloon, ripping his clothes off and revealing a “7”. What makes this ad funny is the exaggerated scary expressions that the man makes before discovering that he is the winner. The spoofing of suspense is what adds to the humor. The jump cuts between expressions are also humorous. The deal is that you can deposit 10 pounds and get a bonus of 40 pounds.

The next ad is from the same company and is of a similar concept. This time the couple is in bed with the woman on her tablet. There are the same suspenseful jump cuts with the facial expressions. At some point, the man mumbles something in his sleep. A little bit later, the woman screams and blows up into a “ball” with the number “43”. There are a couple of other differences in this ad. One difference is that this time you get a bonus of 30 pounds when you deposit 10 pounds. Another difference is that Domino’s Pizza is featured in the ad.

This particular bingo ad is a short ad at under 10 seconds. This ad is for gala bingo. It features a woman running out of a salon in slow motion obviously because she won something. When she is running, she is still dressed in the Salon gown and she is also dragging some items accidentally out with her. She drags the fan out on a roller and it falls on its side. The ad is for Gala bingo. It was announcing “free bingo all day.” While this is the shortest ad, it is also one of the funniest ads for Bingo due to the absurdity of what is happening in the ad. Ads like these are great because it gets the point across with very little time.

These funny ads for bingo events are good at capturing the attention of many people, both who play bingo and those that might start. These Bingo ads are advertised in the UK which explains why the currency is referred to as pounds instead of dollars. While they are not extremely hilarious, the scenes that these commercials depict are amusing enough to put a smile on your face.

Solar Powered Horse Fences Rise in Demand

New inventions and technology are leading people to go green instead of traditional fossil fuel based power.

New solar powered horse fencing has started to rise in popularity over the last decade. The reason for this is due to increasing cost of power and morality about being “green”. This makes a lot of sense and I can understand why people are making the change. Not only are you saving the environment but also saving a pretty penny with that.

There are many companies that supply the equipment to setup yourself however if you lack experience you may want to ask a professional for help. A good recommendation would be

tv show lucky lawsuit

TV show “Luck” horse death lawsuit

According to the Hollywood reporter, Barbara Casey has sued the HBO network for pressuring the American Humane Association on mistreatment of animals.

The LA Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis says she is leaning towards a dismissal of the lawsuit and the firing of Casey.

The show starring Dustin Hoffman has since been cancelled. The lawsuit was not only against the AHA but also the production company.

Several horses on the show died during production and 1 outside these times.

Is this just a case of large corporations greasing the authority’s wheels to gain the outcome they desire? Without all the facts to hand and the fact much may have been covered up it is very hard to say.