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IF I COULD WRITE… STAR WARS!

Kicking off in 1977, the release of Star Wars (SW) and its 6 cinematic sequels (Yes, I’m not counting Clone Wars or the Ewok movies!) has undoubtedly been the single biggest influence on pop culture for the past 40 years.

Literally hundreds of stories have been told across a wide range of media covering thousands of years of galactic conflict. We are now just a few weeks away from the release of Rogue One, a stand alone story in the SW universe; and with a new SW movie expected every year for the foreseeable future, it is very much a franchise that is here to stay.

Writing a SW movie has always been a dream of mine, and with Disney wiping the Expanded Universe from the SW history books, it led me to think: What would my Star Wars story be?

So let’s go on a journey into…

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Ask any child (hell, ask anyone) who the heroes and the villains are in the original SW trilogy, and they will swiftly tell you that the Rebels are the good guys fighting against the evil Empire.

But why do we think that? Why are the Rebels good and the Empire bad? Good and evil are rarely that simplistic. In reality almost everything can be seen “from a certain point of view.”

My Obi-wan Kenobi quotes notwithstanding, we only get to see the SW universe as external viewers. But within the SW universe, it’s hard not to see the Rebel Alliance as…Continue Reading 

The Longest Ride premieres April 10th

The Longest Ride premieres April 10th

By Barry Ratcliffe

The Longest Ride
Barry Ratcliffe on the set of “The Longest Ride” where he plays the auctioneer

I am very excited for the premier this week of the Nicholas Sparks film “The Longest Ride”.

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

I will be playing the part of the Auctioneer, and for those of you that have read the book, you are familiar with what that means in the story, and for those of you who haven’t, it is an incredible tale of love that I will not spoil:)

The film stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Lolita Davidovich, and Melissa Benoist and is directed by George Tillman Jr.

I was in LA filming Ted 2 a few weeks ago and ran into Scott Eastwood and Georg the director finishing up a few scenes. It was so great to see this picture coming together so well, so much care given to every aspect of the story. That type of professionalism, that passion for the project, that is why I went into this business.

Working with such an incredibly talented cast and crew, was an honor and a gift. I remember several times sitting with Britt Robertson and simply talking about the process. She is an awe-inspiring talent, and an extraordinary human being, and I know that she will convey this story and carry the audience on the journey intended by the novel above and beyond expectations.

The same goes for the very talented Scott Eastwood, who obviously took his inherited natural abilities and learned grace, humbleness, and unlimited technical skills from his father.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight) are producing “The Longest Ride” alongside Theresa Park.

The film opens April 10th and I will be the first one there:)

 

Check it out at: http://www.barryratcliffe.net/blog/longest-ride-premieres-april-10th/

 

 

 

 

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

Velvet curtains are seen everywhere in nightclubs, but many nightclub owners don’t stop and think about just how awesome velvet curtains could possibly be. They can be used for a large number of different uses within a nightclub, and can help to foster an exciting unique vibe in any nightclub setting. Here are 10 different little known ways in which you can utilize velvet curtains from Lushes Curtains to spice things up in your nightclub.

1 . Use Them On Stage – Velvet curtains can be great to use on stage. The provide an elegant, consistent backdrop for acts that are performing and will allow you to ensure that all stage acts are easily view-able from all locations within your nightclub.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

2. Absorb Sound – Nightclubs are noisy places by their nature. However, neighboring businesses and acoustics mean that nightclubs want to dampen sound where they can on occasion. Velvet actually makes an excellent sound absorption material and can be used on virtually any wall in a nightclub. This would be great for keeping sound from overwhelming adjacent rooms.

3. Decorate Walls – Looking to spice things up? You can use velvet curtains to decorate walls and give an elegant and unique look to any nightclub.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

4. Backdrops for DJs – Does the area behind your DJ station look a little lackluster? Something as simple as installing velvet curtains can help to spice up the area and get it to look its absolute best.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

5. Hide Tattered Walls and Paint – Not all nightclubs are able to afford new, beautiful buildings. In fact, some of the best nightclubs in the biggest cities in the world are in buildings that were constructed more than 50 years ago. In these circumstances, there will always be some wear and tear, and velvet curtains can help to cover up sore spots with ease.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

6. Divide Rooms – Some nightclubs have different rooms for different music, VIP rooms, and different themed rooms for guests to visit. Velvet curtains are an excellent way to divide different rooms and make sure that you are able to keep things looking elegant.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains 7. Cover Doors – Does your nightclub have open doorways throughout the club? You can cover these doorways with a velvet curtain and give a mysterious look to the entire area. This can help to foster a mystique and you can use colors that match the theme.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

8. Divide VIP Booths – VIP visitors are paying good money to be given a certain experience. They want an exclusive feeling, which can be achieved by separating the booths with velvet curtains.

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9. Unique Decorations – Want to make your nightclub look unique and stand out from the others in your area? You can use velvet curtains throughout the nightclub to give an interesting, draping look and a unique aesthetic.

10 DIY Nightclub Makeovers with Velvet Curtains

10. Table Covers – Want to make your place seem elegant? Try covering surfaces in velvet curtains and using them as tablecloth replacements. Doing so at the coat table or in other areas around the nightclub can help to class up the place.

Velvet curtains can be an excellent resource for any nightclub that is looking to create an elegant aesthetic that patrons will love.

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The Entertainment Directory

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Member Services Manager at http://www.superTED.com TED The Entertainment Directory I do most jobs & welcome a challenge

one of the UK’s earliest online success stories

superTED.com is an adaptation of the original TED media, entertainment and event directories established in 1979, presented online since 1995 packed full of performers, entertainers, musicians, event services and media suppliers. The Entertainment Directory originally created by; Cole Stevens as a personal collection of the performance artists, actors, directors and crew he’d met throughout his career.

A respected head of year at St Marks school in north London, Paul Sutton realised the potential in Cole’s collection of contacts and assisted him with collating, researching and listing each entry within a hand written A5 address book. By 1986 the book became to large to be considered handy and two publications were drafted; Big TED with each contact name, business, postal address, phone, fax and telex categorised by type, while Little TED simply listed each business or performer alphabetically with phone and fax.

Although a niche market product, both books quickly became popular throughout the UK and were known as the media and event professionals best kept secret.

The media section contained a list of agents, casting directors, film, TV and stage hands which was used back in the 1980’s by many not so famous actors and TV presenters to source personal representation.

In 1991 TED attracted the attention from a publicist of a well known hoteliers guide who struck a deal to acquire the database, it is believed that the same data was then sold and distributed across other, now well known, venue finding, television production and event organising publications.

Cole Stevens continued to operate an event management company, entertainment agency of the same name and used his data to further develop his original concept online. Initial trials began in 1995 with over 4500 mobile djs and Clock, a newly formed design and media agency based in Watford, Hertfordshire helped to research, develop and introduce the use of text messaging.

Research showed that no similar website existed anywhere and no event or entertainment related business was using SMS technology to contact acts in this way, MobileDJ was completely unique, and this exciting enterprise quickly grew. Following successful trials of customer to DJ connections, TED, The Entertainment Directory in it’s original format was now available as an online resource and with the addition of location and SMS technology the directory had almost super powers! superTED was launched to become one of the UK’s earliest online success stories.

The TED business model has since been copied many times but superTED remains unique with it’s short notice solution for bookers, event managers and businesses, enabling customers to instantly connect with local entertainers, performers and event services. Venue managers who required an event service no longer had to chase, call or search through the yellow pages, but only to complete a short and simple form to notify all matching local services immediately via text message and to receive replies in minutes. The instant text message system also proved beneficial for UK entertainment agencies to check availability of their own and other acts.

Since acquiring superTED in January 2014 chimply have set out to improve the website’s design, making changes to over 700,000 pages, improving general navigation, mobile device display, improved search engine optimisation and introducing more modern functionality throughout.

Today, superTED is designed not only to make it easy for you to find the right supplier, venue or performer but to help those within the industry to succeed by promoting their profile online; displaying images, videos, description and using SEO to link back to their own website. The main search offers each and every single member free locally matched instant enquiries, the extremely popular ‘Bookings Board’ offers UK wide job opportunities and each profile allows direct contact via email or text message.

Besides offering free access to this fantastic event industry resource that covers media, music, venues, structures and live entertainment, superTED offers; ‘Jobs & Auditions’, ‘Book Now’ as pre-packaged services and fixed fee performances, a guide to ‘What’s On’, events and gigs posted by members and a list of guest bloggers offering advice, stories, tips and tricks from many experienced event professionals.

We love your feedback and encourage you to send your suggestions, information or articles that you would like to share with others, we would be happy to publish interesting and informative articles on our blog.
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Dear Destiny, You were supposed to be better than Halo

Dear Destiny, You were Supposed to be Better than Halo

 

Dear Destiny, You were Supposed to be Better than Halo

A rant from the War Wizard…
Bungie, you had created one of the best gaming franchises in Halo. It’s what gave the Xbox a chance against PlayStation. You defined the first person shooter genre playing style. With Halo 2, you introduced the online multi-player component that again, helped Xbox Live compete (and beat) the Playstation network. Along comes Halo 3 and you took it another step – moving Halo into the world of MLG competition. Then you got the idea about becoming an independent studio again, and not stuck to just one platform. Your obligations to Microsoftforced you to make the Halo ODST and of course, Halo Reach.

Because you were so successful with the Halo IP, you were able to buy yourself out of the Microsoft exclusive contract and return to being an independent studio, free to create for all platforms.

You partnered up with Activision so that you could leverage the power of a major distributor. All of these actions were very smart and savvy on your end.

Free to create a new IP with no limitations on platform or what story to tell, you chose to build another sci-fi shooter/MMO style game with Destiny.

I’ll admit a few things. I love the way the guns work in the game. Practically flawless. Most of the powers each character class have are very cool. Graphics are amazing, but in today’s gaming environment, you don’t get extra points for that since it’s a fairly easy thing to accomplish. Music and the audio are tip-top. So let’s compare a few things:

LIKES
The Star Wars Speeder Bike Sparrow is nice, but true to Bungie tradition, you give me a vehicle with no weapons on it (like the Mongoose in Halo. At least 343 got that right and updated it with guns). Maybe give it some sort of firing power so that my only option is not just using it as an accidental battering ram.

Again the gun aiming and firing are perfect. Each weapon feels “right” based on the looks and audio you made for each one.

On the rare occasions that I am super charged on a multi-player match, AND I can unleash it in a group of enemies, I admit, feels awesome.


Destiny Character Classes 


DISLIKES
Story – I played the Warlock class and when I “beat the game” (Did I?) all I got was a pre rendered scene where the weird Exo chick gave me her gun, and some people cheering towards the Traveler.

No explanation AT ALL about what/who/where the Traveler is. Not a hint about what it was, or what it will be.

I get that the Guardians are a group of heroes, and that covers up for a lot of loopholes in the game play, but shouldn’t the protagonist feel like they are the reason the world continues to exist and not fall into the hands of evil? I feel like I was worker ant in the colony that went into the wild, found a few things, and then came back to the hive unchanged. No big deal really since my character is a “chosen one”.

It’s about the same as if after Luke came back to his Aunt and Uncle’s house after it was razed and told himself, “Well, stormtroopers are here now, I better be more careful” and that was it. End of story, roll credits.

Grinding – The Patrols. The Raids. The Strikes.
B O R I N G

I know you need reasons to have players come back to the game. There are those who I personally know who absolutely LOVE your game and don’t mind. But I’m fairly certain that happens with every game that get’s a huge public release. I enjoyed Destiny, but after finishing “Story Mode”, I really don’t see any other reason to go back and play it again. It’s also kind of unfair to players who don’t want to play multi-player in order to get all the good “extras” that you randomly earn when playing on multi-player.

I have a money making option for you. Tell me I just need to pay $20 for everything. I’ll give you that every time. I know many others would too. And the Battlefield franchise has made a ton of extra profit from that approach, so we know it’s a proven winner.

I know that the game is going to have expansion packs, but maybe I just don’t want to buy those? What have you done to EARN my money moving forward?

Loot caves – Really? I know some people got bent out of shape about these. Personally, I could care less about it.

Loading screen fakery! When playing the beta of the game it was cool to see my ship orbiting around some planet and then once the players where found, watching it either dive to the surface, or “warp” to the next planet. But after seeing those same animations when I am already on Earth and want to go to the Tower (which is also on Earth), and I need to see that as well? You really need a way to fix that.

Multiplayer – I have played 179 games according to your stats: [pontifixx] (Clicking on that link will open a new window.)

Only one time did I get a Mercury map. ONE TIME! What is up with that?

I am currently level 25 and while it’s cool that at the time of this post I am over the level 20 soft cap that’s been mentioned, every time I enter the Crucible, it still feels like it did when I was a level 1 player.

How come on Facebook, I kept on seeing you guys talk about the game before it even came out? Like how it won awards, asked us to create our own Guardians? Because I don’t know about you, but it was very difficult to create something to which I had no access to.

Now, to the CONSPIRACY THEORY!

Halo 5 Guardians

The next Halo game (the 5th in the series) is named Halo 5: Guardians. In Destiny, your character is a “Guardian”. In playing all previous Halo games coded by Bungie, if you escaped the boundaries of a map, or died in some mysterious way, the message would say that your character was “Killed by the Guardians”.

Killed by the Guardians

Terminology is just WAY too coincidental here for there not to be related.

Maybe Master Chief is the TRAVELER? An evolved MC absorbs all of the Forerunnertechnology and knowledge. Because he has evolved, he can transform himself into energy “Motes of Light” – similar to how Cortana exists – and transfers all that knowledge to his home planet of the human race.

Wouldn’t that be one hell of a punch in the balls to Microsoft?

Youbetcha.

WRAPPING IT UP

Is there any way you can get me to come back and get Destiny 2?

Not gonna lie. It’s going to be really hard for me to justify that purchase. If you want me to invest into your story, YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME MORE STORY instead of some powerful being that came, provided some technology and is slowly dying. Part of my attraction to Destiny was thinking that I would learn what the hell the Traveler was. Big NOPE there. I still don’t know any more than the day I started playing. And that sucks since that is the “hook” that made me want to learn about the world of Destiny that you created.

Overall, you guys did a really good job, but the ending just felt empty. Like there was more that was not told that had to be cut out in order to make the launch date (Ghosts of Halo 2 perhaps?)

Of course, given the current Master Chief Collection multi-player fiasco, at least your online matchmaking works. Most of the time.

Courtesy of: http://www.factpile.com/10279-dear-destiny-supposed-better-halo/

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been granted the prestigious title of UK’s Most Successful Entrepreneur

Love her or hate her, you have to give her credit. Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been granted the prestigious title of UK’s Most Successful Entrepreneur by Management Today Magazine. Not surprisingly, when you find out that her turnover has grown from £1 million to £30 million!

http://celebrityofficial.com/victoria-beckham-uks-successful-entrepreneur/

Jay Postal – 2014 BET Awards: Red Carpet Photos

The  BET Awards were yet again one of the biggest nights in the music and entertainment industry. The 2014 BET Awards Red Carpet at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 29 brought out a plethora of music superstars including Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blidge, John Legend and more!

95.5′s own Jay Postal attends the BET AWARDS ’14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Jay Postal instagram post at the BET AWARDS ’14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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