Transformers 4 blowing up Chicago

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The producers of the new “Transformers” movie have been struggling to keep info about the new flick set for release on June 27, 2014 under wraps.

The title of the film was leaked last week. “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction” will be the title of the fourth in the series about the robotic automobiles with humanlike characteristics. Now some footage from the set of the new film has been leaked on line. It was captured in Chicago on August 26 and shows Optimus Prime and Bumblebee cruising on Columbus Drive.

Cincinnati Bengals footballer Terrence Newman, who was in Chicago last Sunday for the filming of the movie Tweeted that the film was being shot outside the team’s hotel.

“The cars out there are insane!!”

The Michael Bay-directed Paramount Pictures film is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and will feature Dinobots with a heavy portion of the movie being filmed in China.

Bonaventura says only one version of the film will be released worldwide.

Transformer 4: Age of Extinction” will star Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, and T.J. Miller

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Jurassic Park joins the billionaires club

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That old dinosaur flick, “Jurassic Park“, has finally hit the $1 billion in earnings mark. The Steven Spielberg-directed movie celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 with a 3D re-release. The Universal Studios release earned $6.3 million in China, opening in 2,500 locations. In 2012, “Titanic” 3D grossed $11.2 million on its opening weekend and made $150.2 million during its run.

The movie’s opening in China was the fourth-biggest in that country this year.”Iron Man 3” made $19.1 million its first day. There was an exclusive cut for Chinese audiences. The 3D version of “Jurassic Park” is said to have grossed $65 million since it was released in the US in April. It had grossed $970 million worldwide in 1993 when it was first released.

That was a record as the highest-grossing film of all time until 1997’s “Titanic”. The film had two sequels. In 1997, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and in 2001 “Jurassic Park III” were made. Spielberg did not direct the third film. “Jurassic Park” starred British director Sir Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern

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British musicians on the rise

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British musicians such as Adele and Calvin Harris have helped the country’s music revenues go past the £188m in royalties from overseas.

PRS for Music collects royalties from overseas on behalf of UK songwriters, composers, and music publishers and the body says the big hits from the two top performing British artists have helped push revenues.

In 2011 alone, UK songwriters and composers earned £187.7m. That was a 10% from 2010. The income earned overseas has also doubled over the last ten years.

Revenues are said to have increased within the last ten years primarily because of how popular British music is and because of improved licensing.

Harris and Adele are popular amongst American singers who have also asked them to write their songs.

Those include Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Amongst the biggest consumers of British music are Brazil and China.

British artists also show interest in the country by performing in Brazil since it was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup of Football and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Royalties received from online sales by UK songwriters, composers and music publishers have increased within the last few years and should double by the year 2022.

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