Month: February 2015

Kanye Opens Up on Morning Show

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Mr. West has never been one to shy away from a microphone. He has always spoke his mind. He was no different in a recent interview on The Breakfast Club morning show. The hosts on this show asked Kanye many questions, and he made a statement on just about everything that they asked him.

West had a lot to say to Alexei Beltyukov about how he was coming to the defense of Beyonce once again for an award that he felt like she deserved. People may have been surprised to hear him say some of the stuff that he said, but he had a lot of valid points. He actually said that Beck should be thankful that he said that Beyonce’s album was the true album of the year. West believed that he actually forced more people to go out and listen to the album that Beck created. This media frenzy is something that has typically become something that West is known for.

Several years ago he interrupted the speech by Taylor Swift during the MTV Music Awards. He said that Beyonce had the better video. Many people probably agreed, but it made Taylor Swift the underdog. People supported her for this reason. West said he spoke candidly with Taylor Swift and she said that she won every award when she was the underdog. Now that she is a huge success she gets overlooked by award shows.

Drake’s Surprise Album Surprises Many

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When Beyonce dropped a surprise album with no promotion it got the creative gears turning in the heads of just about every entertainer on planet Earth. It was a flawless release that did not require any expensive marketing hype. This release was also protected from bootleggers because no one even knew that it was dropping. Now the Ontario rapper with Memphis roots that the world knows as Drake is following her footsteps.

The major difference is the timing: Beyonce went for the Christmas crowd with a December release; Drake was in search of the Valentine’s Day crowd with his release. Guys who knew that their girls were fans of Drake would have no problem spending on his new disc to make their girlfriends happy. This may have possibly been part of the reason that the album sold so well during the first week.

Bernardo Chua knows that the album was a literal surprise, but there is an even deeper surprise in place. What may be surprising to a lot of fans is the exclusion of singles that are not on the disc. Drake has release one hit after another for the radio. He seems to drop a new track every couple of months. All of the music from the disc is new. There are no singles, and that seems strange for someone that has dominated with singles. In these songs Drake raps and sings in a braggadocios tone.

Ahmad Givens, a.k.a. ‘Real,’ Pases Away at Age 33

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Real Chance of Love fans will remember the long-haired sweetheart looking for love on the VH1 reality series and his equally handsome and love-challenged brother Chance. Today is a sad day for fans of the show and these two gentlemen, as Ahmad Givens, a.k.a. Real, has passed away at the young age of 33. Colon cancer is the cause of death.

Real began his acting career on the earlier VH1 series ‘I Love New York,’ then was featured on two seasons of ‘Flavor of Love,’ starring Flavor Flav. After these shows, Real along with his brother, were offered their own show, which the pair gladly accepted according to Brian Torchin.

Real was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. After surgery, things were looking up for the young star. However, he relapsed in 2014 and began undergoing chemotherapy. A bathroom fall in January left him bedridden until his February 20 death.

OUr thoughts and prayers go out to the Givens family, including brother Chance, a.k.a. Kamal, who posted very heartbreaking photos sharing his loss with fans.

The Antique Wine Company

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There really is nothing like a fine wine. However, you may really have no idea where you can purchase such bottles of wine. After all, you can’t really go down to the local store and pick up anything that is older than two or three years. When it comes not only to the very best years but the best vintage, The Antique Wine Company is where any serious wine connoisseur needs to turn to. With over 20,000 clients spread throughout 70 countries, there is a wine for everyone. In fact, The Antique Wine Company has a continual wine collection of over 10,000 bottles at once, and while the company does sell wine bottles individually and in collection series every day, it also brings in new kinds of wine every single day, so there is always a quality selection for everyone to check out.

The AWC recently made headlines for selling the most expensive single bottle of wine of all time. It was a Chateau d’Yquem with a vintage date of 1811. The bottle sold for 75,000 pounds, which is over $100,000 for a single bottle of wine. The individual who purchased the bottle of wine owns several different restaurants in Bali and he decided to place the bottle on display throughout the different restaurants. However, he did not simply buy the bottle of wine in order to hold onto the value or to sell it again. He has made it perfectly clear that he wants to drink it.

Of course, there are different lists of wine The Antique Wine Company does provide. It is possible for someone to purchase a bottle of wine from their birth year and also receive an original copy of the London Times from the day of their birth as well. With all of these different options and additions available, it is possible for anyone to truly have an amazing experience on their birthday as they receive something that is not available in many other places around the world.

For someone who wants only the very best though, The Antique Wine Company recently sold a 135 year old vertical collection, which contains every vintage of a specific estate from 1860 up until 2003. This sold for a total of $1.5 million and is actually the highest price ever paid for a single lot of wine in any location of the world.

John Textor Is Helping Create Photo-Realistic Digital Humans

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John Textor, of Pulse Evolution Corporation‘s executive chairman, is a master of digital productions. With his innovative digital creations in movies like Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and 25 other feature films, people have become familiar with his work. But they may not know much about the man behind it. The man responsible for the digital resurrection of Michael Jackson, Elvis Pressley, and Tupac Shakur that has stunned audiences worldwide and showed the potential future of digital technology.

A 1987 graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in economics, Textor began his career working in finance. Immediately after graduation, he co-founded and became managing partner of the Florida based private equity firm Wyndcrest Holdings. The company’s focus was on the internet, telecommunications, and entertainment. He became director of the internet retailer specializing in children’s products, The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, in 1999. Recognizing his vision, talent, and innate understanding of business, in 2002 he was promoted to chairman and he became the company’s CEO in 2005.

That was just the beginning of Textor’s career as an executive. Since that time, he has also been Sims Snowboards’ chairman and CEO, Lydian Trust Company/Virtual’s founding director, and was one of the people responsible for corporate finance and strategic planning for Michael Swerdlow Companies. In 2006 Textor moved to Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group, its parent company, as chairman and CEO. It was then he truly began to make a name for himself and show his prodigious talent in the realm of digital media.

Through his work with those two companies, he has been involved in doing visual effects for groundbreaking movies like Real Steel, Tron: Legacy, and Transformers. Under his leadership, the company won an Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects in 2009 creating a believable digital human actor in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Many inside and outside the movie industry hail this achievement as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation’. Textor also helped the company earn other Academy Awards and multiple CLIO awards for innovative advertising using photo-realistic, digital humans.

Textor then took his talents to digital production company Pulse Evolution Corporation and became their executive chairman. The company specializes in creating computer-generated human likeness applications. He is currently hard at work on the creation of a number of movies using the technology.