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Famous Business People & Their Film Influence


Many people haven’t heard of the possibility of a Steve Wynn movie until they hear about his appearance as himself in both film and TV productions. Regardless of whether it takes the form of a cameo appearance in a movie or an interview, business professionals make an impact on film. One of the things that people can appreciate is how influential business people are in such settings.

Cameo Appearances in Films

Although somewhat rare, influential business people are sometimes given cameo movie roles as themselves. Although this technique is meant mainly to add to the story, it can also serve to draw more attention to the cameo actor’s activities. It’s not uncommon for viewers to start searching to find out if the person with the cameo role is a real business owner and learn more about their company.

Production, Direction, and Cinematography

Business professionals often have the financial resources to take part in producing or otherwise having some involvement in making documentaries. When a project is independent, a business professional with extra financial resources might be what the project needs. When a person involved in business takes the lead in such an undertaking, they make it easier for those involved in film making to get their message out.

Special Contributions

Sometimes, a person in the business world contributes to a film or TV show by way of allowing a property’s use during filming. Many movie and TV viewers are impressed by the generosity of people who contribute in this way. Another way in which business owners might contribute is by offering stills, photos, or archived video footage. These prove especially useful for filming documentaries where the majority of witnesses to the events are no longer alive, and, therefore, unavailable for interviewing.

Business-Focused TV Shows

As more people find it easy to enter the business world today, TV shows that highlight the journey to success have become very popular. Documentary or news-style shows that feature prominent business professionals have become very popular. One of the things that these features do is make the prominent business owners of the world more influential in the eyes of up-and-coming business professionals. Another popular format on TV involves using a reality show to highlight new professionals, often with the advice of a known name in business.

Can Business People Become Pop Culture Icons?

A successful person in business can become very popular outside of the business sphere. Social media has helped put many business owners in the public eye to an extent that they never were before. Because there are very successful business people known to the rest of the public because of the company they founded, they have a social presence that will help their recognition outside of business.

Seeing people who own businesses in new roles, especially on TV and in film, goes well with today’s business environment. Successful business owners no longer have a reputation for being inaccessible to ordinary people. Having these successful people play a bigger role in society will help make a meaningful difference for everyone with business aspirations.

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Yvonne Craig, TV’s Batgirl of The 1960s, Dies At 78


Yvonne Craig, the sexy actress who originated the role as the high-kicking crime fighter Batgirl on the iconic 1960s ABC series Batman, has died. She was 78.

A former ballerina, Craig died Monday night at her home in Pacific Palisades, her nephew, Christopher Carson, announced. The cause was breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver, he said.


Craig also was known for playing Marta, an insane green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk (William Shatner), in a 1969, third-season Star Trek episode, “Whom Gods Destroy.”


Craig joined Batman for its third season and final season (1967-68) as Batgirl/librarian Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton).

Batman producer William Dozier, for whom she had done an unsold sitcom pilot years earlier, called and asked her if she would come in for an interview, she once recalled.

“When I got there, he said, ‘We’re thinking of adding a new character to the Batman series — Batgirl. Would you be interested in doing it?’ I said, ‘Very!’ ”

Craig said they put her character on the show “because they needed someone who could encourage an over-40 male audience and a prepubescent female audience. That’s the real reason why they hired me!”

Craig did all of her own stunts and all of her motorcycle riding on the show. Her leatherette-clad character accessed her sleek Batgirl Cycle from an old, unused elevator that was hidden behind a revolving wall in her apartment and led to the street below.

Yvonne Craig

On the series, only the Wayne butler Alfred (Alan Napier) knew her secret identity  — not even Batman (Adam West) or Robin (Burt Ward).

Batman was an immediate sensation when it debuted in January 1966 but ran out of steam by the time Craig joined the series for its final 26 episodes.

The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She traveled the U.S. and was with the troupe for three years when she was discovered by director John Ford’s son Patrick and cast for the lead in the movie The Young Land (1959).

She then starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). The two dated for a spell.


Her film résumé also included The Gene Krupa Story (1959), John Sturges’ By Love Possessed (1961), 7 Women From Hell (1961) — with future Joker villain Cesar Romero — Ski Party (1965) and Mars Needs Women (1967).

On television, she appeared on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Land of the Giants, Mod Squad, The Wild Wild West, Emergency! and many other shows.

Most recently, she provided the voice of Grandma in the 2009 cartoon series Olivia for Nickelodeon, served as executive producer for the documentary feature BIRTH and worked as a real estate broker.

Yvonne and her sister, Meridel, went into the prepaid phone card business at its inception, producing phone cards as fundraisers for many charitable organizations as well as promotional phone cards for the 1995 Paramount film Clueless — starring Alicia Silverstone, who played Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robin. They also did Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny cards for Warner Bros. stores, her nephew noted.

In 2000, she wrote a memoir, From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.


In addition to her sister and nephew, survivors include her husband, Kenneth, and another nephew, Todd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Angeles Clinic Foundation.

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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray


He’s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray’s extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Live and the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translation and Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill: part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography.

A sappy remembrance, this is not. Instead, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor ($22.95) celebrates the man’s unique life and career with a multitude of stories, quotes, and images, all shared in a fun (and often funny) way. In addition, it covers every performance he’s ever given, from SNL to St. Vincent and all the parts in between, offering up behind-the-scenes tidbits that will make you want to watch them all over again.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Pranks Fans At Madame Tussauds For Charity


This week, Arnold Schwarzenegger released an epic new video in which he pranks fans by posing as a wax figure of the Terminator at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood. Watch what happens when fans pose with the “wax” Terminator… and he suddenly comes to life!

Schwarzenegger is partnering with charity fundraising platform Omaze to offer one lucky fan (and a friend) the chance to attend the Terminator Genisys premiere and after-party, simply by donating $10 (or more) for entry into the raffle-like drawing, benefitting Schwarzenegger’s charity After-School All-Stars. But act fast, as this flash-campaign ends Saturday, June 20!

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Step Inside 92-Year-Old Marvel Comic Book Legend Stan Lee’s Office


Step Inside 92-Year-Old Marvel Comic Book Legend Stan Lee’s Office

In the latest edition of its “Spaces” feature, Adweek takes a tour of the 92-year-old writer’s POW! Entertainment office in Beverly Hills, where it spotlights family photos, a 1980 Spider-Man pinball machine, Marvel figures and collectibles, art from fans, and painting by Steve Kaufman.

Check it out HERE.

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Social Media; Who’s Doing It Wrong?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest – you could go on and on about all the different upstarts that have come to mainstream prominence over the last decade. Social media has literally changed our lives. The way we communicate, start relationships, advertise and consume media have all been modified thanks to our increasing usage of these mediums.

For all of the upshots social media has brought us, it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t get to see the occasional meltdown. Whilst seeing the polished output controlled by a press manager might give us an air of infallibility from those in the limelight, when they’re free to take the reins and run riot by themselves it can often lead to some of the more dramatic moments. Reminding us that they’re human helps their public persona more than personality-less tweet about tour dates, single releases, meet and greets or whatever else these celebrities are plugging.

Many pop stars, actors, politicians, sports stars and brands are impeccable with their output. Others, not so much. Some of the best social media fails can be found here but we have rounded up our favorites of all time.

Everybody Loves Beyoncé


Even your grandma has been known to shake it along to ‘All the Single Ladies’ from time to time. However, when someone held in such high regard for almost everything feels the need to start photoshopping her Instagram pictures, it leaves mere mortals feeling slightly inadequate. The fans were on to her, too!

Charlie Sheen, In General


The monumental breakdown of Charlie Sheen was enough in itself. You could write articles for days about that one, and how his “winning” was most definitely not winning. The more PG and easier to swallow fail from Charlie came in a much more innocent way, though, as in the burgeoning days of Twitter he managed to tweet out his phone number and was subjected to a barrage of calls as he was out eating dinner. It appears the tweet was supposed to be in private to Justin Bieber. Whether that is “winning” or not will of course be personal preference.

That Time Mary J. Blige’s Argument Fell At The First Hurdle


Insulting someone’s intelligence can be quite hurtful. Considering “intelligents” isn’t a thing, can somebody really be hurt by that? Mary has never been a woman subjected to much scrutiny for her wisdom. Her voice and music usually do the talking. But when she took umbrage with somebody not taking her seriously in the intellect stakes her fail couldn’t have been more perfect.

Once It’s Out There, It’s Out There


Once you’ve posted something on social media, you know there’s no turning back. You might delete it after a second but it can haunt you forever. It’s even worse when something takes hold in a way you didn’t want it to. Big names and brands have fallen foul to this.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea might have been able to get away with nonsensical freestyles when she was playing to three people in a dive bar, but now everyone is connected and they won’t miss a trick. Not only will they not miss it, but they’ll attach a hashtag that sees it go viral in minutes, with everybody chiming in.

Social media is weird and wonderful and long may it stay that way. We could have added hundreds to this list, but feel free to share your favorite celeb fails with us. We could all do with a few more ways to make Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help us be less productive during our work day!

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Harrison Ford: High-Flying Hero


Harrison Ford made headlines a few weeks ago after he was spotted walking on crutches in a London grocery store. Don’t worry Star Wars fans, the newest installment to the series is still on track to be released December 18th, 2015. Though his injuries resulted in a two-week production pause, the movie has now resumed principal photography.

During big productions, movie stars are often peppered with silly questions from reporters trying to scrape the rumor mill. This is unfortunate, because it often hides far more interesting stories. For instance, in this case your average reader may be completely unaware that Ford piloted his own jet to arrive in London for filming. In fact, Harrison Ford is not only a fully licensed pilot, he is an aviation fanatic.

Harrison Ford: Notable Aviator

Ford touched down in London back in May. The Daily Mail photographed the 71-year-old actor disembarking his private jet, after piloting it from the states. The article reads, “The actor was a casual flyer and he wore a grey button-down shirt, brown trousers, and a pair of sunglasses on his face.” Specifically, the sunglasses are standard issue, and worn by serious aviators. Similar pairs can be purchased from an online pilot shop.

It turns out that Ford owns eight planes, including a restored US military model De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, a Gulfstream G4, and a Cessna – 525, and an Aviat – A – 1B.

Although Ford’s love of aviation didn’t begin on a movie set, it wasn’t until he was a movie star that he could afford his pilot’s license. “I wanted to pursue my pilot’s license back when I was in college, just three lessons I think,” Ford explains. “I think it cost $11 an hour for a plane and an instructor; I just couldn’t afford it.”

By 1999, Ford could more than afford what it cost to become a plane aviator, so he acquired his license. (By then, the cost of learning to fly had increased exponentially.) But, before then, he became a helicopter pilot. On the set of Six Days, Seven Nights, Ford fell in love with the idea of piloting rotor-wing aircraft, specifically helicopters. During filming, he banked 24 hours piloting the helicopter, much to the chagrin of the film’s insurance company. The insurance company did not want to approve Ford to fly, but once he’d met the requirements, they couldn’t say no.

A Flying Do-Gooder

Harrison Ford plays an action hero in most of his films, and in this case art truly imitates life. Twice, while helicoptering, Ford rescued stranded hikers. First, he rescued Megan Freeman when she became exhausted during a five-hour 11,106-foot climb up Table Mountain. The hiker is reported to have said, “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter!”

Ford became a hero a second time when he rescued 13-year-old Boy Scout, Cody Clawson. “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one,” Ford said, according to The Associated Press. “I already earned this badge last summer,” Clawson replied.

Helping kids is nothing new to the actor, as he’s used his aviator skills to fly kids all over the world in association for a future flier’s chapter of the EAA (Experimental Aviation Association). He even provided his aviator services after an earthquake devastated Haiti, helping a team of twenty volunteers get critical medical supplies and services to the area.

So while Ford started as an action movie star, he seems to be transcending into mythic lore on par with some of the great pilots of the Marvel and DC universe. We wonder how Ford’s flying skills compare to those of Tony Stark’s. No, Ford isn’t decked out in Iron Man’s computerized exoskeleton (yet), but he’s certainly at least close to becoming a Blackhawk. And regardless of what DARPA says, we think Ford could definitely take the wheel of Batman’s TDKR, which appears so spectacularly in The Dark Knight Rises.

Of course, sometimes, he just takes off to grab a burger. Ford is quoted as saying, “Learning to fly was a work of art. I’m so passionate about flying, I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger. Flying is like good music; it elevates the spirit and it’s an exhilarating freedom.”

Does Harrison Ford have any flying advice for would-be aviators out there? He does. When asked what advice he had, Harrison replied that fliers ought to know “how to land,” before they get in the cockpit.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Starring Jerry Seinfeld & Sarah Jessica Parker


Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is back. Jerry Seinfeld‘s talky web series has begun its fourth season, with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker riding along in the debut episode.

In keeping with the show’s formula, Seinfeld picks up Parker in an old car and takes her out for a cup of java. This time, he’s chosen a 1976 Ford Country Squire and a chrome diner out on Long Island. Along the way, he and Parker chat about nostalgia, parenthood, and much more. We even get a Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee theme song, sung by Seinfeld himself.

Watch the episode HERE.

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Kevin Bacon Reprises His Epic Dance Scene From Footloose After Jimmy Fallon Bans Dancing On The Tonight Show


Last night, host Jimmy Fallon declared, to much audience consternation, that dancing had been banned on The Tonight Show. In protest, actor Kevin Bacon impressively reprised his epic final dance scene from Footloose, the 1984 film that shot him to stardom.

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On Friday March 14, 2014 will release 2 versions of a Stan “The Man” Lee Funko POP figure!

The sale will begin at 12 noon (EST) and the two (2) versions available will be Excelsior and True Believer for $25 each.




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