Utah Video Production Blog 54: Things You Didn’t Know About Iron Man

Many kids, teenagers, and adults believe Iron Man to be one of the best superhero movies ever. As I am sure you know, Iron Man is a movie where wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident. It is a movie full of action, enhanced technology, and humor. Because of how awesome Iron Man is, we decided to share some things that we found out about the movie.


Tom Cruise Was Almost Iron Man

It’s hard to imagine anybody other than Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, but Tom Cruise was considered for the role. He turned it down because he wasn’t pleased with the script.


J.A.R.V.I.S. Has a Lengthy Name

In the Iron Man films, J.A.R.V.I.S. is the name of Stark’s Al system that assists him in superhero-ing. It’s also an acronym that stands for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System.”


The Ironman Suit Can Lift Over 100 Tons

When fully powered, Tony Stark can lift up to 100 tons in the Iron Man suit. Pretty impressive considering that the Hulk’s maximum lift (when calm) is 100 tons as well. Stark would later invent the Hulkbuster armor that could lift 175 tons to be able to combat The Hulk in certain situations. 


Iron Man Turns 50 This Year

Introduced in Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963 at the height of the Cold War, Iron Man was first conceived as an anti-Communist hero. Over the years, he’s become more and more dependent upon technology to live and even battled alcoholism in famous Demon in a Bottle story line from the 1970’s. Still, he’s been a member of the Avengers throughout most of his career and has battled everyone from Dr. Doom to the Skrulls. Not bad for a hero nearing retirement age.


Iron Man’s Suit is Close to Becoming a Reality

Lockheed Martin is one of several companies in the process of developing untethered exoskeletons reminiscent of Iron Man’s suit. Their Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), is meant to help soldiers carry loads of up to 200 lbs. at a top speed of 10 MPH for prolonged periods of time. 

The first commercial sale of an exoskeleton for medical purposes occurred in September of last year and could signal the start of an era where powered suits are available to anyone with the cash, experts say. Still, don’t get your hopes up just yet — these things can currently go for as much as $70,000.


Tony Stark is Based on Howard Hughes

According to Iron Man creator Stan Lee, Stark was based on magnate Howard Hughes, who Lee described as “one of the most colorful men of our time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a multi-billionaire, a ladies’ man and finally a nutcase.”

For a significant portion of his life, Hughes displayed symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and once lived in a darkened screening room for four months, never leaving its confines and relieving himself in empty containers and bottles. Fortunately, that sort of thing has never made it into the Iron Man movies.









Utah Video Production Blog 53: Behind the Scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy

Here is a behind the scenes clip of the new Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel. This film will be released to theaters this Friday!


Utah Video Production Blog 52: Breaking News! New Official Hobbit Trailer Has Been Released!

Check out the new official Hobbit trailer that has recently been released! The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released to theaters in December.


Utah Video Production Blog 51: On the Set of The Walking Dead Season 5

Even though it is still several months away, many of The Walking Dead  lovers are anxious to see the first episode of the new season. Here is a clip that goes behind the scenes with the cast working on the first episode of the season. Andrew Lincoln, who plays “Rick Grimes” in the series, says that “this is the most ambitious first episode that we have ever attempted.”


Utah Video Production Blog 50: Box Office Stats July 25-27

Lucy was the leader at the box office this last weekend with nearly $44 million in gross. This is impressive considering that the budget for Lucy was only $40 million. Also, many thought that Hercules would perform better than it did in its opening weekend at the box office. 



Utah Video Production Blog 49: Child stars who avoided ‘the curse’

Child TV stars that end up in rehab, jail, or commit crimes are often the ones that are talked about in the news for their bad actions. Today, we want to honor the child stars that avoided ‘the curse’ and accomplished some great things as they transitioned into adulthood! 


Christian Bale

As an adult, Bale is best known for his portrayal of Batman. His first taste of stardom was as the lead character in the 1987 Steven Spielberg film Empire of the Sun. At age 13 he suddenly went from normal kid to superstar and vowed to quit acting. Thankfully he changed his mind but his brush with idolization made him wary and he proceeded cautiously into the world of Hollywood. His dad was his manager and led him to shun many offers and carefully choose his roles, guidance that surely helped him develop into the respected star he is today. 


Kirsten Dunst

When Dunst stole most scenes from co-stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the memorable movie Interview With A Vampire, she was one of the most spellbinding child actors of all time. She easily moved into the character of Mary Jane in the Spiderman movie series and successfully played a range of roles in romantic comedies and a few independent films. When she found herself fending off clinical depression, she wisely sought professional help and found ways to keep it in check. 


Dakota Fanning

Many people first remember Fanning from her role in I Am Sam opposite superstar Sean Penn, although she’d been acting for 2 years in commercials before being nominated at age 7 for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her movie part. Unabashedly taking her talents in stride, Fanning strolled from role to role, giving spectacular performances in a variety of genres from thrillers to voicing animated movie characters. She calmly took a break from starring roles to finish high school and then resumed her acting career without missing a beat. 


Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is probably best known for his demanding yet memorable role as Tommy Solomon, an old space alien confined in a teenager’s body, on the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun. When the show ended, Gordon-Levitt seemed to vanish but he was actually following his personal commitment to carefully pick and choose his roles rather than appearing in a string of quickly forgotten albeit profitable teen-oriented movies. His choices have solidified his reputation as a superb actor who chooses challenging roles and meets the requirements of excellence every time. At age 33, Gordon-Levitt can join the ranks of child stars who didn’t fall victim to the pitfalls of early fame.


Seth Green

What better way to launch an acting career than playing a young Woody Allen in the acclaimed film Radio Days? That was the first of many smart decisions Seth Green (or maybe his parents) made early on in his career. Known for roles that accentuate his mischievous grin, lack of respect for authority and smart aleck attitude, Green has had memorable parts in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy, and his own creation, Robot Chicken, giving command performances in traditional roles as well as voiceovers. Green continues to build his list of acting credits, currently totaling 148. He just turned 40, without any instances in his youth that landed him in jail or a rehab center.


Ron Howard

When Ron Howard captured the heart of Americans as sharp-witted, pixie-like Opie onThe Andy Griffith Show, he was only 6 years old. At age 19, he became a star again on the hit TV series Happy Days and the classic movie American Graffiti. Despite spending the interim years in Hollywood, Howard maintained the wholesome person, similar to his role as Opie, steering clear of wild parties, over indulgence and scandal. His decision to quit acting to pursue directing when Happy Days was at the top of the TV charts was highly criticized. But Howard rose above his detractors and became one of the movie industry’s most respected directors of major films, earning an Academy Award for his talents.


Danica McKellar

After playing child heartthrob Winnie to next door neighbor Kevin, played by Fred Savage, on TV’s heart wrenching Wonder Years, McKellar’s acting career dissipated as she grew into her teens, a sad but true fate for many child stars who lose their marketable appeal with age. Instead of delving into the world of raves and keeping questionable company, McKellar pursued a mathematical degree at UCLA, co-authored a paper on a mathematical theorem she developed on her own, and wrote a best seller that encourages young females to pursue careers in math. She recently appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and has published three more books. Just how we hoped Winnie Cooper would turn out.


Christina Ricci

As the adorable yet creepy daughter Wednesday on the offbeat TV show The Addams Family, Ricci was amazingly articulate and engaging for her young age. She also starred in the movies Casper and Now and Then but as she lost her kid-appeal, critics predicted her acting career was over. Ricci ignored them and moved on to play multifaceted characters in several movies including Ice Storm. The infrequent lulls in Ricci’s career afforded her lots of opportunities to walk on the wild side and slip into the depths of substance abuse and appearing in grade B movies but she chose to take the high road and that decision has paid off in spades.


Kurt Russell

Russell’s career began when he was only 10 years old when he landed an uncredited part in the Elvis Presley movie It Happened at the World’s Fair in 1963. Walt Disney had personally signed Russell to a 10-year contract 3 years earlier and when that agreement expired, Russell spent the next years playing minor league baseball and taking a few supporting roles in film and television instead of partying with Hollywood stars. His portrayal of Elvis Presley in the ABC TV movie hit Elvis jumpstarted his career in 1979. He appeared in some notable films as Used Cars, Escape from New York, The Thing and Silkwood. Russell’s sound career choices kept him out of serious trouble, with four movies scheduled to open in the next year.



Utah Video Production Blog 48: Behind the Scenes of Hercules

In this behind the scenes clip of Hercules, several battle scenes of the movie are explained by cast members. Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be released to theaters this Friday.   


Utah Video Production Blog 47: FXX to Air Longest Running ‘The Simpsons’ Marathon in TV History & Launch ‘Simpsons World’ App

Cowabunga! In celebration of its landmark acquisition of the exclusive cable and authenticated non-linear VOD rights to legendary animated comedy The Simpsons, FXX will launch a record-breaking marathon of the series on August 21, 2014. The marathon will begin August 21, 2014 at 10 AM ET/PT and will conclude September 1, 2014 at 12 AM ET/PT, making it the longest-running marathon in television history. For 24 hours a day, over the course of the 12 days, FXX will air 552 episodes of The Simpsons (through Season 25) as well as The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), in chronological order.

FXX will also launch “Simpsons World” – the ultimate Simpsons digital experience featuring enriched branded content through SimpsonsWorld.com and handheld/connected devices via FXNOW, the authenticated multi-network on-demand video service supporting FX, FXX and FXM – in October.

“Simpsons World” will offer a unique and personalized Simpsons experience for both casual and super fans by allowing users to interact with premium content in unprecedented ways.  For the first time ever, all authenticated viewers will have instant and on-demand access to every single Simpsons episode ever, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via SimpsonsWorld.com, and FXNOW apps for iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets, Smart TVs, and additional set-tops devices.

Additional exclusive offerings include new ways to explore Springfield’s characters and locations, the ability for users to curate their own personalized playlists and share their favorite show clips and quotes.

Beginning September 2nd, FXX will regularly schedule The Simpsons episodes in Fringe, primetime and late-night dayparts on weekdays and weekends. Additionally, every Sunday the network will broadcast a thematic mini-marathon consisting of eight Simpsons episodes beginning at 4 PM ET/PT and leading into the 8 PM ET/PT broadcast on FOX.

Starting in August, through its deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX. FX Networks’ app, FXNOW, will be the exclusive non-linear home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.  FXX will get subsequent seasons of The Simpsons as new seasons begin their first run on FOX.

It was announced in November 2013 that FXX had secured the exclusive cable and non-linear VOD rights to The Simpsons after a historic bidding war. The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy® Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”  It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening.  Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” byTime magazine, The Simpsons was also named “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.

The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television.  James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers.  Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.


Utah Video Production Blog 46: Box Office Stats July 18-20

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the leader at the box office this last weekend. Also, Planes: Fire & Rescue had over $17 million in box office gross. We look forward to Hercules starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson being released to theaters this Friday. 

Utah Video Production Blog 45: Films That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

The famous English comedian Charlie Chaplin once said “a day without laughter is a day wasted.” It is amazing the effect that laughter can have on us. If you have some time and are in the mood for some laughter you may want to check out one of these films!


Dumb and Dumber


A pair of dumb friends named Harry and Lloyd set out on a cross country trip to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. However, the duo are unaware of a bigger conspiracy involving Mary and the briefcase, and a pair of criminals involved in the conspiracy attempt to chase Harry and Lloyd down for the briefcase. 


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 


Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 70’s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his co-workers when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.


Napolean Dynamite


If you are looking for some great one-liners than you need to see Napolean Dynamite! In this film, a listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. 


Monty Python and the Holy Grail


King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail. Along the way they encounter many silly obstacles and interesting people.


Tommy Boy


An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.


Meet the Parents


Male nurse Greg meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare. The father turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Everything that could go wrong for Greg does in this comedic film starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.


Billy Madison


Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father’s empire but in order to do so he must repeat grades 1-12 all over again. 




In pursuit of the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn’t want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poising, all eyes are on Ted. 


Rush Hour


Cultures clash and tempers flare as two cops Detective Inspector Lee (a Hong Kong detective) and Detective James Carter (a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop) join forces in order to save the Chinese consul’s daughter from criminals.


Yes Man


Carl Allen is a standstill. No future…Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of “Yes”, and sees his professional and romantic life turn upside down overnight.


Wayne’s World


Wayne is still living at home and has his own public access TV show. A local station decides to hire him and his sidekick, Garth, to do their show professionally. Wayne falls for a bass guitarist and uses his and Garth’s video contracts to help her career along, knowing that Ben Oliver, the advertising guy who is ruining their show will probably take her away from him if they fail. 


Happy Gilmore


A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save his grandma’s house. The downside is that his hockey player mentality doesn’t really do on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship.


School of Rock


A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band.

The ‘Burbs


An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.