Moore, Oklahoma will never be the same after the EF-5 tornado tore through with unfathomable destruction. But, the people and community will heal in time. They are proving to be extraordinarily resilient and they will rebuild, despite the fact the memories of this tragedy will never simply be seen in a rear-view mirror. Still, it will get better. And yet, what would probably help at this point, beyond treasure chest after treasure chest of money and comfort for the people who lost everything, including loved ones, are perhaps a few little glimmers of inspiration and help for afar.
The clean-up and rehabilitation of the town will be non-stop for years. In the midst of all that is occurring, I have a suggestion for something to take place about three-three and a half weeks from today. I propose that Warner Bros. and everybody involved (cast, crew, director, producers, marketers, studio heads, etc.) in “Man of Steel” visit Moore, Oklahoma for a weekend and help in any way possible. This would involve cleaning, building, searching, consoling and anything and everything that the town needs. In one area would be director Zack Snyder lifting heavy metal of a store with members of the community to producer Christopher Nolan helping to clean up a street unrecognizable now to families to Amy Adams and the ‘man of steel’ himself Henry Cavill moving rubble and offering comfort to families (especially children) in another area. This pattern of generosity would be widespread throughout the entire area affected by the tornado.
People helping people.
Then, on the night the highly anticipated movie was scheduled to premiere to the world, Warner Bros. would bring in a giant projection screen to a cleared field or area where everybody from Moore, Oklahoma, its many outside helpers and the actors, producers, writers, grips, executives, etc. would disperse throughout the crowd to watch on blankets and/or grandstand seats to watch “Man of Steel” for the first time anywhere in the world. There would be complimentary popcorn, drinks, food, you name it with “Man of Steel” packaging. If this weekend and movie premiere could offer the people of the tornado-ravaged community time to temporarily escape from their reality, then it would be a success.
It’s important to note that this event would not be publicized to the public before it occurs, but secretly arranged between the studio and the local government. In essence, it would be a complete surprise for the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma!
Movies are meant, in part, to offer the audience a time to escape, dream and to be inspired. Maybe what the men, women and children in this town needs is Superman. The character of Clark Kent was raised in the Midwest. In many ways, he’s the perfect superhero/savior for this community right now. This event could also give them some assurance that they are not alone and that people for all over do care well beyond the few days of initial media coverage by the networks.
To “Man of Steel” & Warner Bros.: Even if only for a day or two…even if only for a couple of hours, show the people of Moore, Oklahoma the new movie of the greatest superhero of all-time…all the while showing them what hope and spreading goodness to our fellow men, women and children looks like off the big screen.
“It’s not an ‘S.’ On my world, it means hope.”
P.S. A super big check would be a nice gesture as well! “The Clark Kent School” sounds pretty cool!
Or, just put the the Superman “S” on the front of a rebuilt school. How’s that for inspiration.
Freedom. New Horizons. Curiosity. Adventure. Adrenaline. Limitless.
These words are meant to conjure a state of mind of time and inspiration. They should encourage us to embrace the wildly fearless and randomly proficient spirit of the one and only Kevin…Kevin Rawley that is.
“Little Fockers” was on television this past Saturday. Diving head first into the majestically blue waters of the ambiguously defined character of Kevin, the actor and professional wandering spirit Owen Wilson must first have a light shone on him. His films’ characters exemplify the motivation to look for exciting happenings, regardless of any preconceived notions or restrictions. Take virtually any scene involving him from the movies “Zoolander”, “You, Me and Dupree”, “Midnight in Paris” or the “Meet the Parents” trilogy (so far…)
In a variety of ways, he possesses an “it” factor for living life to its fullest. After reflecting on his many bizarre, yet hilarious scenes from “Meet the Parents” and “Little Fockers”, it sparked an internal curiosity of attempting to experience life as Kevin for a period of time. Perhaps the genesis of this experiment could be done during a Friday. Maybe a Friday and a Saturday. Sans the money from investing in Wireless IPO”s right before they skyrocketed, lower key endeavors are certainly attainable. Just like his characters’ many hats, we too must add our own threads of creativity and motivations towards new opportunities.
Could we carve, build and fashion a breath-taking altar from one giant piece of wood in about 70 hours? Probably not on our first day. But let’s start small, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to teach ourselves to play a little Beethoven on the piano in the morning, prepare a deliciously authentic feast of the Fiji Islands in the evening and sail a beautiful coastline with the star of the Russian Ballet the next week.
Whatever speaks to us.
Keep Everything Vastly Imaginative Now!
The upcoming movie lineup for Spring and Summer of 2013 is composed of reboots of classics, as well as originals, that have already received a boost from some prehistoric DNA. Ponder this: Approximately $20 million was earned in the first weekend of an adapted Spielberg-favorite from twenty years ago! On April 5th, fans experienced face-to-face encounters with dinosaurs like they never have before when they sported 3-D glasses in their local theaters. The success of “Jurassic Park” in 3-D can be perceived as an omen of sorts for what’s to come in the next few months.
In short, people still love going to the cinema and enjoying the magic of movies.
In its most recent issue, Entertainment Weekly published a section titled, “All the Buzz on 109 New Films” for the remaining Spring and forthcoming Summer months. After reading through the extensive list, I compiled a rundown within a condensed three-tier system. It’s in chronological order according to the release dates. The number of movies in each category will vary, as it’s based on quality and not quantity.
The phrase, “what goes around, comes around” definitely applies to a few of the films that have been rejuvenated.
With all of us cognizant of the increasingly high movie theater ticket prices (Dinosaurs Aren’t the Only Things Jumping at You in 3-D), it’s time to start saving now for a few of these highly anticipated movies!
—The Great Gatsby (May 10th)
—Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th)
—Man of Steel (June 14th)
—The Lone Ranger (July 3rd)
“If You’d Like a Fun Night Out!”
—Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)
—The Hangover Part III (May 24th)
—The Internship (June 7th)
—Monsters University (June 21st)
—The Heat (June 28th)
—The Smurfs 2 (July 31st)
“Looks Cool, But I Might Wait Until It Reaches the Dollar Theater”
—The Way, Way Back (July 5th)
—Grown Ups 2 (July 12th)
—Girl Most Likely (July 19th)
Here is the movie that kicked Spring off with a roar!
In less than two months, the world will discover whether or not Kal-El/Clark Kent will, naming wise, transition to “Superman.” The now premiered third “Man of Steel” trailer from Warner Bros. indicates the super-human who is “faster than a speeding bullet” may not be known to the people of Earth by his traditional moniker. Why is this important? This quandary begs the question of what his superhero name will be, which carries substantial significance about the newest adaptation of this admired character in popular culture.
Immediately following a daring rescue, what will Lois Lane call the escaped Kryptonian?
Reflecting on the pre-release campaign of 2012s “The Dark Knight Rises”, the multiple previews seems to be the work of producer Christopher Nolan. With this model, we should expect at least one more teaser before the June 14th release.
Admittedly a fan of much more secrecy in trailers, the few that have been debuted to the public so far have, surprisingly, not exposed all that much that would constitute giving any vital plot twists away. Many of the sequences are now familiar and have been repeated in the aforementioned previews. The marketing team continues to plant into the minds of the anxious fans precisely what they want them to know and wonder about when walking into their local cinema this June.
The stage is nearly set.
With just under sixty days until the world again lives under the protection of the man we all know to be super, his arrival in 2013 will be welcome in more ways than one.
The trailer featured below ends with Kal-El/Clark Kent/? (Henry Cavill) casually speaking in an interrogation room with Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams). The chemistry in this encounter is reminiscent of the romantically charged cat-and-mouse relationship between Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder from Richard Donner’s 1978 classic, “Superman.” A very good sign.
What does the “S” stand for? Click to find out…
One thing’s for certain: It’s hard to imagine any other solitary letter that means more to so many.