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Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched through Episode 5 of Fox's "Wayward Pines."
Across his body of film work, director M. Night Shyamalan has built a reputation for unexpected plot twists.
Arguably, it was best executed in 1999's "The Sixth Sense," with varying degrees of success in subsequent films like "The Village" and "The Happening."
While some may see the director's plot twists as gimmicky, Shyamalan said that he doesn't see them as "thin and meaningless."
"It is all a continuation of character’s awareness for me," the director explained on a recent press call. "If I put myself in the shoes of a main character and that person is learning more about their world, more about their situation, that feels very organic to me. Things aren’t right, I’m feeling clouded, obscured. I’m feeling like suffocated, why, why, why, and getting those answers feels very organic. It’s an increasing of our main character’s knowledge."
In his first television venture, Fox's "Wayward Pines," Shyamalan used the same technique to spin the series 180-degrees on its fifth episode.
Shyamalan explained, "My job as the storyteller is to make you in sync with the main character so that your misunderstanding is the same as theirs and every piece of information that they have you have, and you’ve misunderstood it the exact same way. Then when it comes, it should’ve been inevitable in retrospect."
He promises that Thursday's sixth episode will continue to provide answers after revealing that the citizens of "Wayward Pines" are the last living humans of their kind. Outside the town's borders, hundreds of years had passed while they were kept in a cryogenic sleep by a visionary scientist. Meanwhile, humans de-evolved into powerful and fast animals referred to as "abbies," short for "aberrations."
"For me, Episode 5 and 6 are the answers episodes," Shyamalan told reporters. "Then for me, post-that, is the 'Oh my God, how are we going to deal with what we know now?'"
So, what can fans of "Wayward Pines" expect now that the big plot twist is out?
Shyamalan says there are moral questions that need to be answered.
"There’s a thing that we take for granted, because there’s so many of us right now that freedom and lack of rules or flexibility of social environment is a given—that’s a right," Shyamalan said. "But, if there was only X number of us, does one of us get to jeopardize the group? Well, no that couldn’t be allowed, right? Those kinds of freedoms couldn’t be allowed because there’s so few of us, so we’re going to have to make really stringent rules."
Later, Shyamalan added, "You can assume it’s not going to be warm and fuzzy."
Watch a preview of Episode 6 below:
"Wayward Pines" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
"Jurassic World" is on its way to becoming the biggest movie of the summer.
The fourth film in the franchise has now made over $1 billion in 13 days.
If you've seen the film, you know the movie is full of as many brands as dinosaurs. But which ones appear the most?
Concave Brand Tracking, a marketing company that tracks and analyzes brands in entertainment content, recorded the brands which appear the most in "Jurassic World."
Here are the six brands that appear the most, according to Concave:
Samsung phones, TVs, tablets, and other products are seen throughout the theme park and used by visitors in the park. There's even a Samsung-sponsored building in the park. According to Concave, Samsung gets over five minutes of screen time on film.
Watches and tech used in the park are all Samsung.
Pay close attention to any time cell phones, tablets, or other gadgets are held up by park visitors. They're most likely Samsung.
All of the TV monitors seen in the background of the park? They're Samsung, too.
Even this main building seen in the park has the Samsung name attached to it as a sponsor. It's a bit hard to see here, but it's shown up close in the film.
The other brand you're likely to notice is Mercedes. Practically every vehicle on the island is a Mercedes. Though the brand has less time on screen than Samsung products (2-and-a-half minutes), the company logo is visible 85% of the time it's on screen.
You can see the Mercedes logo visible in the movie essentially whenever a car is on screen.
Bose headphones are also worn in helicopter scenes in the film. According to Concave, the brand gets two minutes of screen time in "Jurassic World."
You can view Concave's full study here.
More "Jurassic": 12 things you probably didn't know about "Jurassic Park"
In an interview featured in Judd Apatow's new book, "Sick in the Head," comedian Louis C.K. revealed that he had an intense disagreement with "Saturday Night Live" showrunner Lorne Michaels when hosting the show for the second time in 2014.
Relaying the story to Apatow, C.K. explained that he was very displeased when Michaels wanted to cut down his 12 minute rehearsal monologue — which C.K. had "obsessed" over and crafted at open mic nights — to eight minutes.
While C.K. was adamant that all 12 minutes stay in, Michaels disagreed, saying "It was good, but there was a lot of air in it, a lot of stopping and starting. I know there are cuts in there."
"My face turned red," C.K. said. "I was angry. I was like, "Well, I don't know. I thought [the set] was pretty good. And f--- you.'"
Michaels responded by showing him the rehearsal tape, and that's when C.K. realized that the routine wasn't as tight as he thought it was.
"My point was to prove how great it was," C.K. said. "And I watched it and I was like, God damn, it's not that good. Tons of air. And a lot of stopping and starting. I had a whole fart thing. A whole thing about farting on a baby that f---ing killed, and [Michaels] was like, 'You're winning without it. I wouldn't do it.' So I realized the farting on babies was stupid and it's going to ruin the monologue."
The monologue that finally made it on to the live show was eight minutes of Louis C.K. at his best — featuring dark and hilarious material on third world hunger, feminism, and religion.
Ever since going off the air in 1998, "Seinfeld" has remained immensely popular. Though the show had been available daily on syndication, the fact that every episode of the show is now available to stream on Hulu is still a huge deal.
To celebrate the occasion, a pop-up gallery in New York City, running from Wednesday through Sunday, gathers the best of "Seinfeld."
Besides displaying many artifacts from the show, such as the Frogger machine that George unsuccessfully tries to save and the diner table that the gang always sat at, the exhibition also includes a complete re-creation of Jerry's apartment (modeled after season eight).
While Jerry's Upper West Side apartment may look a little generic, it is also unmistakable. If you show somebody a photo of the kitchen, the person will immediately know whose kitchen it is.
Walking around the re-created apartment, you will get an even closer look inside the world of fictitious Jerry Seinfeld, who, based on many of his possessions, shares a lot in common with the real Jerry Seinfeld.
Check out how accurate the "Seinfeld" apartment re-creation is.
Welcome to apartment 5A, home of comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
Unlike a lot of apartments in New York, the place is pretty spacious.
Both real-life and fictional Seinfeld share a love of baseball ...
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"Terminator: Genisys" is in theaters July 1.
When it comes out, one of the most talked about scenes will be a fight that occurs early on in the film between Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator character fighting a younger version of himself from the original 1984 film.
It was also the most difficult scene to make, according to the film's screenwriters.
Without giving too much away, the film recreates a few of the original scenes from 1984's "Terminator." The filmmakers weren't able to use scenes from the original film since they didn't have the rights to the movie.
"Because the first movie is owned by one entity, Hemdale and Orion, and the second movie was owned by another entity, and the third movie another one, and then got bankrupt and sold it to David and Megan Ellison and they made the fifth movie," Schwarzenegger explained to a crowd at a Q&A after a fan screening of the film. "Therefore it was impossible for them to go and to take the scene from the 1984 movie and then put that in a movie and then continue on from there."
"Genisys" wouldn't have come together without 28-year-old model and bodybuilder Brett Azar who had to fight Schwarzenegger on set of the film in the nude.
Here's Azar, who's credited with playing the "Young Terminator" in the film.
Azad says Schwarzenegger has been his idol since elementary school.
Finally I can say it. I am The Terminator . Atleast the throwback from T1 ;) Trailer is out and the film is out July 1st!!! Much thanks to my agents Mike Lyons Adam Silver and Barry Godin. Huge thanks to @schwarzenegger #arnoldschwarzenegger and the whole @terminatorgenisys team!!! You are all blessings #CONQUER
He also had to get dozens of ink dots drawn onto his face to help get the digital placement of Schwarzenegger's younger face onto his just right. Azar told The Terminator Fans blog it took at least an hour to do each day.
Azar told the Terminator Fans blog he had to be completely nude to film the scene with Schwarzenegger, covered only by a sock.
Jai [Courtney] got to wear a triangle piece that was more like a g-string. I had literally a sock/pantyhose with a drawstring. … yeah nothing was concealed. And I had to run at Arnold full speed, grapple with him, throw kicks and punches, approach him on the ground…. just hanging out. I really didn’t care though. I was living my dream and it didn’t matter if I was naked doing it. The stunt guys always made a good joke of it though… leaving a plate of cucumber slices and a sausage in a specific arrangement in my trailer…. I just know I’ll never feel awkward again in my life.
Azar doesn't only fill in for the younger, villainous version of Arnold. He also fills in as the body double of the younger version of Arnold who is seen with a young Sarah Conner in trailers for the film.
Here's an image of him filming the scene.
The 6'2" Azar weighed 250 lbs while filming. He shows off the secret to staying fit for "Terminator Genisys": "scivation xtend bcaas 7 scoops every day in my gallon... 49grams a day... terminator secret ;)"
You can read his full interview here.
SEE ALSO: Our review of "Terminator Genisys"
Batman's rogue's gallery of villains is diverse ranging from classic characters like the Joker and Two-Face to the bizarre like the Condiment King (he uses ketchup and mustard as weapons) and Kite-Man.
So when you come across a criminal even loonier than a man who uses ketchup and mustard as weapons, that's really saying something.
I've been playing "Batman: Arkham Knight," the much-anticipated title from WB Games released earlier this week, and boy is it incredibly detailed.
It's difficult to not get caught up wandering around spending a lot of time zooming in and out of flyers and posters hung around walls in Gotham City.
I'm not that far in the game yet — I've been taking my time to sift through the world created by the developers over at Rocksteady — and it's definitely paying off.
Early in the game you have to drop villainess Poison Ivy off at the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD).
If you stick around for awhile and search through the GCPD, you'll see a lot of mugshots hung up on the walls.
One "most wanted" poster that sticks out is for Sarah York, a criminal coined the "Marshmallow Thief."
Mind you, there is no character in Batman's long history of villains named Marshmallow Thief.
It's quite humorous.
Check out how the GCPD describes Miss York:
BORN: In your nightmares
BUILD: Like a Boss
TRADE: Ridding the world of marshmallows
PECULIARITIES: Inability to turn left
M.O., ETC.: Poisonous mushrooms
Here's a closer look at the flyer:
It looks like Rocksteady is having some fun here.
We're sure there are many more fun Easter Eggs to be found. We've been keeping a tally of some good ones as we're playing through the game.
If you've found some good Easter Eggs while playing, we want to see them! Send them my way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this month, the BBC hired radio DJ Chris Evans to host season 23 of "Top Gear."
But first, a final episode of the show featuring the hosting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will hit the air.
Sunday's final episode is comprised of previously unseen footage shot before Clarkson was dismissed from the BBC in March.
According to the Daily Mail's Imogen Calderwood, the episode is expected to draw 8.4 million viewers — the highest-rated in show history.
In his latest column for the Sun, Clarkson wrote that the episode features two films shot for season 22 of the show, the Daily Mail reported.
So what's next for the hosting trio?
Last week, Jeremy Clarkson confirmed to the Sunday Times that he — along with his cohosts — will return to TV with a new car show.
Though the publication reported that an announcement is expected in a matter of weeks, the exact network on which the show will air has yet to be confirmed.
Sources told the Daily Mirror's Nigel Pauley, however, that the ex-"Top Gear" trio — along with former showrunner Andy Wilman — were "very close" to a deal with Netflix.
In recent weeks, the foursome has held meetings with numerous potential suitors including the British broadcaster ITV. But Netflix seems to have come out on top.
Netflix, the American online media-streaming service, is home to such award-winning original programming as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black."
According to the Sunday Times, the new Clarkson-fronted car show will probably debut sometime after next March.
The 22nd season of "Top Gear" ended abruptly in March after only seven of the nine planned episodes had aired because of the suspension and subsequent dismissal of Clarkson.
Hammond and May followed Clarkson out the door by voluntarily declining to renew their respective BBC contracts, which expired in April. Wilman — longtime executive producer and close friend of Clarkson — also left the BBC after the host's dismissal.
The network's decision to part ways with the polarizing TV personality came after an internal BBC inquiry found Clarkson had punched a "Top Gear" producer when he failed to obtain a hot steak dinner after a long day of filming.
The fracas with the producer came after a controversy-filled 2014 for Clarkson, who was mired in scandal stemming from accusations of racist, sexist, and culturally insensitive comments.
Prior to his dismissal, Clarkson had spent nearly three decades with the BBC as a host on "Top Gear" and is credited with being the driving force behind the show's explosive international success.
With more than 350 million weekly viewers, "Top Gear" set the Guinness World Record as the most watched factual TV program in the world. In addition to the UK show, the "Top Gear" brand includes numerous international spinoffs, a live stadium tour, merchandising, a successful magazine, and a website.
Hollywood's recycling bin is filling up -- especially for movies being adapted to TV.
In the upcoming season alone, there's numerous TV shows based on movies, including ABC's "Uncle Buck," CBS's "Limitless" and "Rush Hour," Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer," MTV's "Scream," and Fox's "Minority Report."
In the crowded TV landscape, networks are looking for anything that can break through. Projects which existed in another medium (book, movie, stage play), and better still if they were hits, mean viewers already have knowledge of the show and possibly a connection.
Here are 19 movies currently being developed for TV.
"The Mortal Instruments"
Titled "Shadowhunters," the series is based on Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" book series. Set at ABC Family, the series has cast "Vampire Academy" actor Dominic Sherwood in the lead role of Jace.
A&E's follow-up to 1976's "The Omen" finds Damien Thorne all grown up. With very little knowledge of the ungodly forces around him, he'll have to face the truth that he is the antichrist.
Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI" franchise) is developing the TV adaptation with Paramount TV. In the 1980 film, Richard Gere plays a male escort who's accused of murder.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
I like HBO programming for many reasons. The production value is unparalleled, the acting is Emmy-worthy, and the stories are fascinating. But for all the variation in HBO's programming, there is one subtle consistency that only longtime viewers of the network are starting to pick up on: the actors and actresses.
When I settled in to watch HBO's new Sunday-night lineup last weekend, I couldn't help notice that the guy who plays Teague Dixon in "True Detective" season two is the same person who played Dan Dority in "Deadwood." Or that the actor who plays Zeke Tilson in "The Brink" is also Nick Sabotka from "The Wire."
In fact, HBO has a stable of actors it uses to fill tertiary roles in many of its programs.
Zack Grossbart recently put together an epic infographic showing exactly which actors have appeared in which HBO shows. It's called the HBO recycling program, and it illustrates the relationship between actors and actresses and the HBO shows on which they have appeared.
Let's take a closer look at the "HBO Recycling Program" below:
You may know him as the baby-faced, sharp-tongued Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones."
But Littlefinger was honing his skills as a politician well before he ever set foot in Westeros as the morally conflicted mayor of Baltimore in "The Wire."
You might know her as Carmela Soprano, the complicit wife of New Jersey-mafia kingpin Tony Soprano.
But before Carmela surrounded herself with criminals, she was protecting society from them as Officer Diane Whittlesey in "Oz."
Michael K. Williams
You might know him as Omar, the endearing gangster who robs drug dealers for a living in "The Wire."
But he also played an endearing gangster in another HBO crime drama, "Boardwalk Empire," although in finer threads.
HBO must love Paul Ben-Victor, because the actor has been featured in four different programs. He has played Alan Gray, the head of Warner Brothers studio, who gave Vinnie Chase his big break with "Aquaman" on "Entourage."
But he also plays Vondas in "The Wire."
Palaka from "John from Cincinnati."
And he even showed up for an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
You might remember him as the fifth wheel in Vince's entourage.
Or as disgraced police officer turned lawyer Thomas "Herc" Hauk on "The Wire."
Or maybe even as Al Capone's brother Ray in "Boardwalk Empire."
You probably know him as Sol Star, a resident of Deadwood, South Dakota.
But he also plays the brother of Kenny Power's in "Eastbound & Down."
You may know him by his actual name, which he uses whenever he pops into an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to antagonize Larry David.
Or you might know him as eccentric pot-smoking millionaire George Christopher on "Bored to Death."
You might know her as Joanie Stubbs, the hostess of the Bella Union in Deadwood.
But she also plays Janette Desautel, a chef struggling to keep her business alive after Hurricane Katrina in "Treme."
Hyatt played Brianna Barksdale, sister of the West Baltimore drug lord Avon Barksdale in "The Wire."
She recently turned up in season two of "True Detective" as a recurring character named Katherine Davis.
Buscemi played Atlantic City Prohibition-era crime lord Enoch Thompson for all five seasons of "Boardwalk Empire."
But before that he was a modern-day mobster on "The Sopranos," playing the cousin of Tony Soprano, Tony Blundetto.
SpaceX is about to attempt a new landing procedure that could eventually make space travel much cheaper and easier.
The landing attempt will happen minutes after SpaceX launches one of their Falcon 9 rockets out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at exactly 10:21 am ET.
Here's the live feed, via NASA:
All eyes will be on this rocket
If the rocket safely lands on the platform, it should be in good condition to be reused for a second launch — the first time any rocket will have been fully recovered for reuse.
(NASA used to reuse some of the rocket parts that launched their space shuttles in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. However, these parts were retrieved after parachuting into the ocean and were water logged and needed time for repairs. With SpaceX's version, the rocket would remain completely dry and should, in theory, be reusable within 24 hours after it's retrieved.)
This idea of fully-reusable rockets could usher in a new age of future, affordable, commercial spaceflight. The key to this development centers on rockets that can be launched and re-launched — eventually even within the same day — similar to how planes are operated today.
Sunday's attempt will be the third time that SpaceX has tried to retrieve one of their Falcon 9 rockets after a supply mission to the ISS.
SpaceX's first two landing attempts took place in January and April of this year. Although both ended with a fiery explosion, April's attempted landing was a significant improvement on the first: The rocket actually hovered over the platform before touching down.
The only problem was the rocket fell on its side after landing and exploded upon impact. January's landing attempt basically ended with the rocket crashing into the platform without any hovering or soft touchdown. These explosions take a toll on the platform, but after some scrubbing and sweeping, it's is ready for another go.
Right now, SpaceX is one of two companies in the world who has launched a rocket designed for reuse. The other company is Blue Origin — established by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Neither SpaceX or Blue Origin have yet to succeed in their endeavor.
The rocket is carrying a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft loaded with over 4,000 pounds of supplies, including food, water, and science experiments, for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. One of the science experiments includes instruments that will allow astronauts to observe meteors penetrating Earth's atmosphere.
It's the first time anyone in space has ever studied meteors like this before.
After the Falcon 9 has transported Dragon to space, it will detach from the spacecraft and navigate its way back — using GPS tracking — to a football-field-sized platform, shown below, floating miles offshore in the Atlantic.
The Dragon spacecraft will continue on to dock with the ISS.
There’s a common practice in Hollywood — the bigger the film, the more mystery surrounding the making of it.
But it seems “Jurassic World” went next level to keep all of its goodies unknown until its release.
Actor BD Wong, who plays Dr. Henry Wu in both “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World,” told Business Insider that the level of secrecy used for him to read the script for both films was unlike anything he’s ever experienced in his 30-plus year career.
“You read it in a really weird way,” he tells BI.
Wong said soon after he was told he’d star in “Jurassic World,” he was given instructions on how to get a hold of the script.
“You could only read the script in the office during a certain hour of the day,” he said. “I had to go drive to the production office, you’re in this room, you read the whole script, and then give it back to them. I had to do the same thing for ‘Jurassic Park.’”
And to bring another layer of camouflage to the project, the script Wong read was given a dummy title, “Ebb Tide.”
“You’d be driving around and you’d be looking for signs to the ‘Ebb Tide’ production office,” Wong recalls.
Looking at the grand scheme of things, Wong admits this process does seem “ridiculous.” “Given the state of the world and things that are really important — life or death — this seemed hilarious,” said Wong.
But it did get the job done.
“No one leaked anything,” he said.
Rashida Jones is busy.
The former "Parks and Recreation" star is currently writing the "Toy Story 4" script, starring in the first season of her new TBS show "Angie Tribeca," and producing a documentary for Netflix, "Hot Girls Wanted."
1. Self Discipline.
"My writing partner, Will McCormack, implements a no-phones-for-an-hour rule. It seems utterly ridiculous that two grown-ups wouldn’t be able to stay away from their phones for just an hour, but there are many days when my phone owns me. And the rule helps."
2. Pick Two Things To Pursue.
"My dad [Quincy Jones] gives really good advice, but he told me to pick two things to pursue. Just get really good at those things and learn everything you can about those things."
3. Accept failure.
"The other thing I’m working on is being willing to accept failure, whether it’s a failure to get a TV show made or a failure to reply to a midnight email. Failure and risk are inherent parts of any real work. But there’s a lot of fear of failing... I mean, the most creative, most successful people fail all the time. I’m working with Pixar—Will and I are cowriting the script for Toy Story 4—and there’s definitely an attitude there of 'fail fast, fail often.' Our team does that. We cycle through ideas. Great ones and bad ones. Everybody has bad ideas. The most intelligent, most talented people in the world have bad ideas. That’s a good thing to learn."
4. Happiness is not the endgame.
"If your happiness depends on selling your company, snagging one perfect job, finishing the design for your perfect living room, you’ll never actually achieve it. And now that work and life have merged together, it’s doubly important to remember that you deserve to be happy all the time."
To read Rashida Jones' full piece on Wired, click here.
Actor Jeff Goldlum was recently named to GQ’s list of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive.
Here's his advice for men everywhere:
“The traditional wisdom is of course to be positive. Because, even though I embrace truthfulness—I'd say I am a truth seeker, and truth teller, and person who's devoted his life to authenticity (under imaginary circumstances and in real life, frankly; it's an ideal toward which I aspire, and I'm a humble student of it)—I also feel that in human relations (when not under imaginary circumstances, especially), the way to skin the cat—and the way toward integrity, in fact—is not necessarily always to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If they really ask, and you have some kind of opinion that you think can be constructive, maybe then. But err on the side of restraint. Restraaaaaint. And say ‘Mm-mm-mm. Well, you look good in everything! Da-da da-da da-da. Et cetera et cetera.’”
You got that? "err on the side of restraint" and when in doubt, "You look good in everything!"
Read Goldblum's full interview with GQ here.
A big reason for the historic box office success of “Jurassic World” is due to its nostalgia for the original 1993 hit, “Jurassic Park.”
Lowery’s vintage t-shirt with the original logo, the kids riding around in one of the old jeeps from the first film, and the return of Dr. Henry Wu are just some of the goodies you can find in the new movie that reference the original.
But the actor who plays Dr. Wu, BD Wong, says there’s one thing “World” has done much better than “Park” — ethnic diversity.
“Twenty-two years ago it was Sam Jackson and me,” said Wong. “I think that was pretty much it.”
But in "World," says Wong, "It’s truly diverse.”
The actor has a point.
Along with Wong (who is of Chinese descent) returning, the park in “Jurassic World” is run by a character played by Indian actor Irrfan Khan.
And the character Barry, who ttrains raptors alongside Owen (Chris Pratt), is of West African descent (Omar Sy).
Then there are the park guests.
“There’s 22,000 truly diverse people at the park,” Wong points out. “If you’re me you really notice that. They really took pains to make that a really international looking crowd.”
He believes “racial exclusion in Hollywood” is one of the reasons his Dr. Wu character was scaled down to a single scene in “Jurassic Park.” In Michael Crichton’s book on which the film is based, Dr. Wu has a major presence.
“When you’re an ethnic actor you always have to question why this character got scaled down so much,” Wong told BI. “You go, ‘Oh, darn, this is an opportunity that got wasted.’ Because the movie needs to be Caucasian-centric in order for the filmmakers to feel that they need to succeed and reach people.”
Wong believes “Jurassic World” is a great step forward in Hollywood dealing with its lack of diversity issue, but there’s still a long way to go.
“We’re still far, far away from where parts that Bryce [Dallas Howard] and Chris [Pratt] play would go to ethnic people.”
Robert Herjavec is best known as one of the five sharks on ABC's Shark Tank. But he has quite a back story.
Not only is he a millionaire thanks to some successful companies he's founded, he also maintains a fun social life with truly interesting hobbies.
Here are all the trials and tribulations that made him the brilliant and successful shark he is today.
Robert Herjavec was born on September 14, 1962 in Zbjeg, Croatia. At the age of 8 he and his family fled the communist regime to live in Canada, Business News Daily reports. At the time he spoke no English.
According to Herjavec, his family left Croatia with one suitcase and $20 in hand. They lived for 18 months in a friend's basement while they began rebuilding their new life in North America.
Herjavec's first jobs were as a newspaper deliveryman and a waiter. These early experiences in customer service taught him the ins and outs of being a successful businessman.
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The curtain has fallen once again on the annual advertising extravaganza in the south of France: the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Every ad agency and marketer attending the week-long event hopes to come away with a Cannes Lions Grand Prix award, the top gong in the industry.
The awards run across several categories — mobile, press, film, health, and creative data, to name just a few — and are presented based on their creativity, effectiveness, and for displaying ideas that are simply ahead of the market.
We've collected together all the Grand Prix winners from this year's Cannes. Or, in other words, the best ads the industry had to offer over the past 12 months.
CREATIVE EFFECTIVENESS GRAND PRIX: Volvo — Live Test Series (Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors Gothenburg)
Volvo and its agency wanted to carry out extreme tests of relevant product features of its various vehicles, but present them in an entertaining way. The result was a "Live Tests" video series that was topped off by the memorable "Epic Split" video, which saw Jean-Claude Van Damme performing the splits between two moving trucks. The Cannes jury said the campaign delivered "huge results," both quantitative and qualitative, for the brand.
CYBER CATEGORY: Under Armour — I Will What I Want (Agency: Droga5 New York)
This campaign saw supermodel Gisele pummeling a punchbag while real comments from social media were displayed in the background. Online, viewers could see the comments appear in real time. The Cyber jury said the category this year was about how technology has empowered a strong human narrative, and helped to spread an idea that has an influence on behavior.
DESIGN CATEGORY: Volvo — LifePaint (Agency: Grey London)
The best way to survive a crash is not to crash at all, which is the idea behind LifePaint: a reflective safety spray paint that is invisible by day but shines brightly in the glare of headlights and can be easily applied by cyclists before they go on the road.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's most recognizable role is the T-800 machine in "The Terminator" franchise.
Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the fan-favorite cyborg in "Terminator Genisys" next month.
However it could have been a lot different if financers who backed the original 1984 film had their way.
While re-watching James Cameron's 1984 "The Terminator," one of the Blu-Ray features I stumbled upon was "Making of The Terminator: A Retrospective," which included an old interview between Cameron and Schwarzenegger.
In it, the two discuss that Schwarzenegger originally read for the role of Kyle Reese, the hero sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from the Terminator.
You know, this guy:
"They wanted you to read for the other guy, right? So you read it thinking about the other guy, about Reese? Do you remember what you were thinking when you read it?" asked Cameron.
"The more I read the script, the more I remembered I got fascinated by the Terminator — the bad guy — which I thought was the real cool guy," responded Schwarzenegger. "We were talking along the lines of me playing the heroic character."
Cameron said he thought Schwarzenegger was also coming in to read for the part of Reese, but then when they both went to a lunch meeting they both were thinking that it would be great if Schwarzenegger played the Terminator.
"When I went to that lunch ... in the back of my mind I was thinking the Terminator, you were thinking the Terminator, but we sit and we had this polite lunch because we'd never met each other and neither one of us mentions it," recalled Cameron. "And then we both go back to our guys and say, 'Terminator.'"
Schwarzenegger says Cameron then had a painting sent over to his office of Schwarzenegger as the Terminator.
"I looked at this painting and I said, 'I am the Terminator,'" Schwarzenegger recalled.
Schwarzenegger says right after that he called both his agent and Cameron to tell them he wanted to be the Terminator.
It's something that's also noted in the new making of book "Terminator Genisys: Resetting the Future" from Insight Editions out June 30:
Though The Terminator is now a genre classic, it began as a low-budget science-fiction action picture from a young, unknown husband-and-wife team, James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd ....
They found their man in Arnold Schwarzenegger ... They let it be known that Schwarzenegger was to play the hero, a soldier from the future. That satisfied potential financiers, but Cameron Hurd, and Schwarzenegger secretly had other plans. Eventually, in a canny bit of subterfuge, they let it be known that Schwarzenegger had asked to change parts and play the eponymous role, a lethal cyborg from the future known as a terminator.
Could you have seen Schwarzenegger as Kyle Reese, the man sent back in time to save Sarah Connor from the Terminator?
You can watch the featurette with Cameron and Schwarzenegger below:
Outside of guiding a small Italian plumber from left to right and stomping on enemies along the way, few games have left more of an impact on the entire video game medium as much as "Doom."
What Mario did for 2D game design, "Doom" did for first-person: without "Doom," there may never have been blockbusters like "Halo" and "Call of Duty," to say nothing of the dozens of other wildly popular first-person games. There were next to no games made previous to "Doom" with first-person in mind, and it made you – the player – the character in the game. Instead of controlling Mario or Link or Guybrush Threepwood, you were the marine stuck in some form of Hell on Earth.
Also like the influence of Mario, "Doom" was far more than just what it appeared to be.
Yes, you're shooting demons from a first-person perspective, but it also showcased the importance of level design in first-person. There was no straight line from point-to-point with video exposition in between ("cutscenes") – the very first level in "Doom" is a notorious horseshoe, encouraging exploration over immediate gratification.
Perhaps more importantly, it was many players' first experience with multiplayer. "Doom" – for better or worse – is credited with creating and popularizing the concept of "deathmatch." Despite being released in 1993, "deathmatch" is still the most popular multiplayer mode in first-person shooters: a mode where players fight to the death for the most kills in a given period of time. "Deathmatch" is a standard at this point, and one of many that "Doom" helped set in stone.
When "Doom" wasn't influencing the future of games by setting good examples, it was influencing future generations of game designers by encouraging the modification of its code. Players could take the game they bought and "mod" (modify) it to their heart's desires.
Not only did mods encourage players to be creative (and, eventually, spurred some of those young players to become game developers themselves), but it set yet another precedent in the world of PC-based games: mods quickly became a standard in PC gaming that stands to this day. If your game doesn't ship with mod support on PC, players are quick to ask why not, and it's largely "Doom" to blame for that expectation.
In spring 2016, the company that created the original "Doom" – id Software – will publish the next entry in the series. Like the original, the new iteration is simply named "Doom." It's the fourth entry in the franchise, and the first new "Doom" game in over a decade. Thematically, it remains as gruesome as ever. Here's a look at the disgustingly gorgeous new "Doom":
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