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Matthew Lillard and Bill Whirity Announce Vampire Movie After Launching Film Studio

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Veteran actor Matthew Lillard has stepped behind the camera as one of the founders of Midnite Movie Club, an NFT based project that allows holders to participate in what is described as the first-ever “Decentralized Movie Studio.” The Scream and Scooby-Doo star has teamed up with writer-director Bill Whirity to create the studio, and the two say their goal is for audiences to have more control over the movies that are made.

Lillard and Whirity say they want audiences to help decide what films Midnite Movie Club will produce. They are said to have a particular focus on genre films, including horror, sci-fi, action/adventure, and fantasy. They’ll be kicking off the studio with the production of Let Them Die, a vampire movie that’s slated to start production this summer.

According to the press release, each NFT will allow one vote for its current owner, so the more NFTs one owns, the more votes they’ll be able to cast. Blockchain technology records each vote, and this group decision-making process will determine which films get greenlit as well as certain creative decisions made by the filmmakers during production. This includes which actors might be approached first for certain roles, as well as decisions about costumes, props, creature design, and movie poster design.

Community members will also have access to exclusive special features like viewing audition tapes, set photos and videos, concept art and storyboard, and participating in live AMAs and live tours from the sets. 5,555 NFTs will be offered up on the Ethereum Blockchain at 0.09 ETH for 1 or 0.08 ETH for 2+ (around $250-275 USD). The NFT will be mint on April 20.

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Matthew Lillard and Bill Whirity feel that going with NFTs for Midnite Movie Club is what needs to be done for the future of film. They compare the studio to something like a gym membership that offers exclusive perks to its members, and that getting involved with the filmmaking process offers so much more than what people typically expect from NFTs. How this will ultimately take off remains to be seen, but Lillard and Whirity are optimistic. They said in a statement:

Midnite Movie Club’s first movie, Let Them Die, will start production this summer. It’s unclear when the film will be released. Find out more at MidniteMovieClub.com.

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How RHONJ Fans Really Feel About Margaret Josephs

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“RHONJ” fans are divided in their opinions of Margaret Josephs, but on the r/realhousewives subreddit, many agree that she thrives on stirring the pot. Redditor u/Amp5181 wrote: “I’m pretty neutral when it comes to Marge. I dislike her and like her. I think Marge serves a purpose on NJ. She ruffles feathers with her words and gets under Teresa’s skin, and I can appreciate that.

The enduring popularity of the “Real Housewives” franchise can be attributed to many things, including the cast members’ lavish lifestyles, colorful personalities, and off-screen scandals, but most viewers tune in primarily for the drama. The Housewives branded by viewers as troublemakers tend to get more screen time than their less volatile castmates. “It took Marge a few seasons to get there, but she’s figured out if she can keep the rumors running on screen, she will maintain camera time and focus throughout the season without her mess being the subject of conversation,” stated u/mdadashi, who further speculated that as long as it allows her to remain on the reality series, Margaret doesn’t mind being perceived as the heel.

“I’ve said this many times that if these women stayed out of each other’s business, then we wouldn’t have a good show. We need them to use each other,” commented u/Lost-Iron. “Margaret is The bone collector. She delivers the bones,” agreed u/kazz 64. 

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Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes for Mocking Amy Winehouse at Halloween Party in 2011

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris has offered an apology in the wake of renewed criticism over an image shared to social media in 2011. At the time, Harris was hosting a Halloween party at his home with his husband David Burtka. The party came just months after the sudden death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who passed away in July of that year at the age of 27.

For their party, Harris and Burtka used dark humor to incorporate Winehouse into their Halloween party’s themed offerings. They had created a platter with beef ribs, pulled pork and chicken sausage in a spicy BBQ sauce they dubbed, “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse.” The food was arranged in such a way to depict the deceased singer with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. One of the guests had shared an image of the platter to Twitter at the time, and in recent days, the photo has gone viral with renewed complaints against Harris.

Now, Harris has weighed in on the controversy with a statement released to Entertainment Weekly. The Matrix Resurrections star acknowledged that the photo was indeed from the party he’d hosted with Burtka, but admits that it was just as “regrettable” then as it is now to have made light of Winehouse’s death. Harris goes on to praise Winehouse for her status as an enduring music icon while apologizing for any offense that the situation may have brought to anyone.

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Amy Winehouse was one of the world’s most influential and successful singer-songwriters, though her struggles off the stage had also been well documented. After years battling addiction, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011. As she was just 27 years old, her death was made all the more tragic as fans can only imagine what else Winehouse may have done in her life and career.

The story of Winehouse will be told on the big screen. Last year, it was announced that Halcyon Studios will develop a biopic about the late singer based on Daphne Barak’s 2010 biography Saving Amy. Halcyon Studio CEO David Ellender said in a statement when the film was first announced, “Our team is honored to be working on this project. Although her career was cut far too short, Amy was the voice of a generation and we look forward to telling her story in the most poignant way possible.”

No one has been announced for the role at this time, but Stranger Things favorite Millie Bobby Brown has publicly campaigned for it. She previously told Netflix Latinoamérica, “I would love to play Amy Winehouse. I personally think she is like an icon to R&B, blues, and basically the whole culture of music. I just love her music and I really was impacted by her whole story. I always say that I would love to play her.”

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