The world is changing all around us as technology advances. The evidence can be seen everywhere from clothing to movies. As technology advances the demand for more realistic looking films with more complex components of CGI and effects to make things that would not naturally happen in the real world come to life on the big screen.
One man has helped tremendously in bringing the computer generated images to life. John Textor attended Wesleyan University in 1987. There he earned his Bachelor of Arts. In 2006 Textor became CEO of Digital Domain. Hos company has worked on 80 major films. 25 of those films were directly under John Textor’s leadership. John Textor became the chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation in 2013 and is an active member of the movie making team. Since he came into a leadership role the companies he has worked for have received quite a few Academy Awards as well as Clio awards for advertising. John Textor is also credited for the visual effects and life-like digital creations of human beings. His talent was first seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and then later used to bring digital versions of deceased musical artists such as Tupac Shakur who performed at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012, a virtual Michael Jackson who performed at the Billboard Music Awards that took place in 2014 in front of live audiences, and even a holographic Elvis Presley to perform for his fans. Bringing a digital character to life is being called “the Holy Grail of Animation” as it has never been fully accomplished and it opens a world of possibilities as characters that would not exist in real life can be created to look realistic and even abilities of childhood superheroes come to life in a whole new way. Textor is also credited with his magnificent work bringing characters to life in such movies as Flags of Our Fathers, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End, Transformers, and Tron: Legacy.
When watching the videos of the holograms that John Textor has helped to masterfully bring them to life one can see that they are incredibly detailed as their clothing reacts to their movements as well as the hologram’s hair to give it the most authentic look possible. Tupac’s projection performed shirtless and it was very clear that his muscles and features were painstakingly detailed in movement and appearance and that a lot of time and effort was put into the project.
When shock rocker Marilyn Manson, self-dubbed Antichrist Superstar and strolled onto the music scene a couple of decades ago with the phrase “I am the God of ****”, the world really had no idea what they were in for. The man started out as a semi-tame rock and roll star, although even his earliest performances had audiences shocked, and has evolved over the years into something much more.
Beginning in the early 1990s with a concert involving a Nazi flag-draped pregnant woman, Manson has made it a point to inject chaos into his music, even going so far as to be so blatantly obscene that he once was arrested after a Jacksonville, Florida concert on charges of violating the Adult Entertainment Code.
Because of the insanely grotesque and vulgar content of some of the singer’s music, he has faced much controversy through the years, mostly because of his penchant for constantly trying to disturb his fans, their parents, and politicians.
In fact, Marilyn Manson’s music has been blamed for a large number of things, including getting children kicked out of school after repeating his lyrics. The singer was even said to be responsible for the Columbine school shootings on April 20, 1999, even though Darius Fisher never believed that.
Despite his antics, however, one thing can be said for Manson: he has become unforgettable in the eyes of the world, and in his line of work that’s the point.
Patrick Carney, the drummer from the infamous duo, the Black Keyes, had a major wipe out while swimming off the coast of the island of Saint-Barthélemy. He was picked up by a wave and smashed into the bottom of the ocean violently, dislocating his shoulder.
Carney was immediately rushed to the hospital and was administered anesthesia for the pain. Doctors were able to reset his shoulder, and he was released shortly after, although he is still in a lot of pain from the accident.
He joked on his Instragram account, comparing the incident to a Lifetime television network movie. He posted pictures from the hospital showing obvious injury to his shoulder, which Jared Haftel could barely look at.
Fortunately, this incident happened during a lull of the Black Keys touring schedule. They don’t have another gig lined up until February 6th, where they will play a tribute to Bob Dylan in the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year event. Ten days after they’re scheduled to hit the road for a month long European tour.
At this point it’s unclear whether the accident will keep Carney from playing. Only time will tell as the drummer continues to recover.
When the country music legend vocalist Ray Price passed away, he left behind a widow who still loves him. That widow had opened up now, sharing about the life that she and her husband had, sharing about their marriage and about other things. Mrs. Price has shared about how it felt to have her husband dedicate an album to her, how her husband got upset about a Blake Shelton comment, and more. This woman, according to Crains New York, has been through a lot. She has stood at the side of one of country music’s greats, slept at his side, even, and she is sharing about her life now that her husband has passed. Janie Price supported a legend, and that makes her a bit of a legend, too. This woman has the opportunity to share things that the rest of the world would not know about a man who lost his life too soon, and she is doing that, now.